Shirley Chisholm, a lifelong activist and advocate, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924. Chisholm became the first black congresswoman (1968), representing New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms. She even ran for the 1972 Democratic nomination for the presidency—becoming the first major-party African-American candidate to do so. Robert Shetterly created the image of Shirley Chisholm that now graces a stamp in the Postal Service’s Black Heritage Series. Check out her interview with Rutgers University below.