FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Letitia James, D-NY, speaks to supporters after winning the New York Attorney General's race in New York. James, who made history that night as the first African-American woman elected to hold statewide New York office as the state attorney general, said the example set by the late Rep. Shirley Chisholm matters all this time later because "we're fighting for the same people who don't have a voice at the table." (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

50 years in, Chisholm's historic victory offers inspiration

November 11, 2018 - 8:03 am

NEW YORK (AP) — In a history-making election, plenty of new and unexpected faces — many of them black and brown, many of them female — will now be taking their first steps into their congressional futures.

For inspiration and example, the list of winners that includes Ayanna Pressley, Lucy McBath, Jahana Hayes, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and others might want to turn to the past and learn from the lessons of Shirley Chisholm.

The Brooklyn, New York, native made history 50 years ago as the first African-American woman elected to Congress.

It was the start of a national political career in which Chisholm fearlessly and relentlessly spoke out for such causes as civil and women's rights and that included, four years after her first federal win, a presidential run.