Shirley Chisholm
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Archive: Shirley Chisholm on why she should be president

In 1971, Shirley Chisholm spoke to the BBC about why she was running for president. In an interview with Radio 4's The World Tonight, she told the BBC the US government and its leaders needed to be more diverse.

"America is composed of all kinds of people - part of the difficulty in our nation today is due to the fact that we are not utilising the abilities and the talents of other brown and black peoples and females that have something to bring to the creativity and the rejuvenation and the revitalisation of this country."

Courtesy of the BBC Archives

  • 26 Jan 2016