Shirley Chisholm: First African American Woman Elected to Congress Being Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp, Jan. 31

Shirley Chisholm stamp to debut Jan. 31st.
Shirley Chisholm stamp to debut Jan. 31st.

Just in time for Black History Month, on Friday, Jan. 31, the U.S. Postal Service honors legendary New York congresswoman Shirley Chisholm with the issuance of a new Forever Stamp. Chisholm becomes the 37th honoree in the Postal Service’s popular Black Heritage stamp series. She joins Harriet Tubman, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson, Barbara Jordan, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Paul Robeson, John Johnson, Althea Gibson and several other historical figures. The Chisholm Forever Stamp will be dedicated Jan. 31 at Brooklyn Borough Hall at 11 a.m. in Brooklyn, NY. The ceremony is open to the public.

Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she ran for president, becoming the first African American to seek the nomination of a major political party.

The new stamp goes on sale at Post Offices nationwide and online at or


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