The Bold and Unbossed Shirley Chisholm

"Our representative democracy is not working because the Congress that is supposed to represent the voters does not respond to their needs. I believe the chief reason is that it is ruled by a small group of old men......all a man has to do is stay alive and keep getting reelected, and he will be a power in Washington in 20 or 30 years. He may be from a rural backwater, the odds are that he will be because the safe districts are usually that kind. He may be a reactionary, a bigot, a mediocrity. The are are that he will be, if nothing worse, a man of narrow outlook and modest endowments, because a man of that caliber is the kind who will be satisfied to stay in the House (of Representatives) a

Still Separate, Still Unequal

''I favor integration on buses and in all areas of public accommodation and travel. I am for equality. However, I think integration in our public schools is different. In that setting, you are dealing with one of the most important assets of an individual -- the mind. White people view black people as inferior. A large percentage of them have a very low opinion of our race. People with such a low view of the black race cannot be given free rein and put in charge of the intellectual care and development of our boys and girls.'' Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As I reread this article from more than 15 years ago, it is a reminder of how Martin Luther King's very aggressive and clear advocacy of c

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