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New Faces In Congress - Mrs. Shirley Chisholm Is First Black Woman On Capitol Hill. Mrs. Shirley Chisholm joins the long parade of EBONY cover personalities as the first black woman in the history of the United States to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected in the newly-created 12th Congressional District of Brooklyn, N.Y. Rep. Chisholm beat her Republican opponent, former CORE National Director James Farmer, with the support of a large Puerto Rican segment, a fact attributed to her fluency in Spanish.
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