Updated: Apr 11, 2022
Unbought and Unbossed
Silkscreen, Circa 1972
Los Angeles, CA
Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005) was a politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first Black woman elected to Congress, and represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms (1969 - 1983). In 1972, she became the first major-party Black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Ketanji Brown Jackson became another first. May she not be the last.
About the artist:
Wendell Collins (1918 - 2016) was a printmaker, teacher, and social activist. He learned screen printing in the military, and after his discharge moved to Kansas. He was arrested in 1947 for refusing to move to the Negro section of the segregated movie theater in Junction City, Kansas. He moved to Los Angeles in 1948 and worked as a political cartoonist for the progressive Black-owned newspaper, the California Eagle. In the mid-1960s, he was an officer in the Los Angeles chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, commonly known as CORE. In 2002, CSPG honored him with the “Art is a Hammer” award.