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Wed, Jan 24, 2018 6:30pm –


Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
at 103rd St
New York  New York  10029
United States
Museum of the City of New York

The Legacy of Shirley Chisholm: Screening and Conversation

Still from “Chisholm ‘72"

In a whirlwind of historic firsts, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968 and, in 1972, the first black candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States. Join filmmaker Shola Lynch for a screening and discussion of her Peabody Award winning documentary, Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004, 75 min), which tells the extraordinary story of a woman claiming her place in American politics.   

This program accompanies the MCNY exhibition, Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Women & Politics in New York (opens October 11).

About the Speaker:
Shola Lynch is an award-winning American filmmaker based in New York. Her feature documentary Chisholm '72 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, aired on PBS’s POV series, and garnered two Independent Spirit Award nominations and a Peabody Award. Her most recent film, FREE ANGELA and All Political Prisoners, documents activist Angela Davis’ crime and flight from the FBI in 1970; it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. Since 2013 Lynch has served as the Curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound division of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Lynch is currently working on several film projects including her first narrative feature tentatively titled “The Outlaw."

Additional speakers to be announced.