Chisholm Tells Youth to Lead

By Kinner, Derek L. | The Florida Times Union, March 1, 1998 | Go to article overview

Chisholm Tells Youth to Lead


Kinner, Derek L., The Florida Times Union


Shirley Chisholm shares a birthday with former British Prime

Minister Winston Churchill and former U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton

Powell of Harlem.

She figures she was destined to be a groundbreaking politician.

Yesterday, the retired New York congresswoman, in an

impassioned speech at Edward Waters College, urged young people

to strive for excellence.

"The world is filled with mediocre individuals," said Chisholm,

the first black congresswoman elected to the U.S. House of

Representatives and the only black woman to mount a serious

campaign for the U.S. presidency. "Excellence reaps rewards."

Chisholm was the keynote speaker at the college's

African-American History Month Celebration, which had the slogan,

"Embracing the Past, Celebrating the Present, Taking Charge of

the Future."

Prominent African-American residents, politicians and educators

were honored for their contributions, among them: Carlton D.

Jones of the Renaissance Design Build Group; Jimmy R. Jenkins,

president of Edward Waters College; and U. …

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