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
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. …