Claude E. Taylor, director for academic transition and inclusion in the Center for Student Success, will moderate a virtual community conversation “African American Political Participation and the Legacy of Shirley Chisholm” on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Taylor’s scholarly interests include the study of mediated representations of social identities, social class, and practices of consumption. He regularly teaches courses in communication ethics, media literacy, political communication, and civic participation.
Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972 and first African American candidate for a major party’s presidential nomination.
Discussion for the event will be guided by “Chisholm ’72 – Unbought and Unbossed,” a 2004 documentary by filmmaker Shola Lynch, which is streaming on Amazon, and available to patrons of the Plainsboro Public Library through the library’s Kanopy platform.
Participants in the conversation are encouraged to contemplate the significance of Chisholm’s historic candidacy and campaign in relation to contemporary triumphs and challenges for full political participation facing citizens in the evolving national experiment in democracy.
The event is free, but advanced registration is required.