Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress (Hardcover)

Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress By Alicia D. Williams, April Harrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Discover the inspiring story of the first black woman elected to Congress and to run for president in this picture book biography from a Newbery Honor-winning author and a Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning illustrator.

Meet Shirley, a little girl who asks way too many questions! After spending her early years on her grandparents' farm in Barbados, she returns home to Brooklyn and immediately makes herself known. Shirley kicks butt in school; she breaks her mother's curfew; she plays jazz piano instead of classical. And as a young adult, she fights against the injustice she sees around her, against women and black people. Soon she is running for state assembly...and winning in a landslide. Three years later, she is on the campaign trail again, as the first black woman to run for Congress. Her slogan? "Fighting Shirley Chisholm--Unbought and Unbossed!" Does she win? You bet she does.

About the Author

Alicia D. Williams's debut, the middle-grade novel Genesis Begins Again, received a Newbery Honor and was a Kirkus Prize nominee and a Morris Award finalist. It also won the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. Alicia is a graduate of the MFA program at Hamline University. An oral storyteller in the African American tradition, she also teaches kindergarten. Learn more at

April Harrison, a renowned folk artist, is the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning illustrator of Patricia C. McKissack's final picture book, What Is Given from the Heart, which received four starred reviews and which the New York Times Book Review called an "exquisite story of generosity." Most recently, she illustrated Nana Akua Goes to School by Patricia Elam Walker. Her work appears in the public collections of Vanderbilt University, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, the Atlanta Housing Authority, and the Erskine University Museum and in many private collections.

Praise For…

“An engaging account of Chisolm’s life…. This one is a cut above the rest." --School Library Journal

"A multilayered, folk art sensibility, featuring textures, angles, and expressive figures of differing skin tones. A solid primer on a Black political visionary.” --Publishers Weekly

"Created with acrylics and mixed-media collage, Harrison’s striking illustrations are notable for her use of line, color, and pattern. A handsome picture-book biography.–-Booklist

A timely and inspiring biography of a great woman who broke barriers and used her voice to elevate those around her.” --Kirkus

“Root[s] Chisholm in scene after scene as a pillar of self-assurance, equally unfazed by the acclaim, indifference, or opposition of the people around her.” --The Bulletin

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593123683
ISBN-10: 0593123689
Publisher: Anne Schwartz Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English