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A riveting retrospective journey into the road leading up to the presidential campaign of the first African American woman to win the Democratic Party's nomination.
Before Hilary Clinton. Before Barack Obama. Political pioneer and unsung hero Shirley Chisholm was the “Catalyst For Change”. Shocking the world and creating a media frenzy; Shirley had the intellect, dignity and fierceness to trailblaze her way through the political arena. As a community advocate and the first African American Congresswoman, elected in 1968 (NY); Shirley believed that, “Nothing is more important than solving the domestic problems of poverty, ignorance, racism and hunger.”
A midst the murk and mire of the 'Good Ole' Boy' sociopolitical majority; Shirley forged on spearheading a legislative movement of socio-economic equality for the masses. Determined to bring her message to the forefront, Shirley ignored the opposition and risk factors, and asked,”...why not dare to dream as so many have before me?”
“Unbought & Unbossed” is a multi-media production, written by Dr. Mona Vaughn-Scott; compels the audience to experience the dramatic and emotional retrospective journey of Shirley Chisholm. Uncover a significant, yet overlooked chapter in American History. Dramatic revelations are unearthed as Dr. Mona Vaughn-Scott examines key points throughout Chisholm's career. “Unbought & Unbossed” unmasks the realities of an African American woman in politics.
Message from the author...
Every generation from the beginning of time had the opportunity to learn of the historical accounts of great leaders who fell short in being totally transparent, and as well were steeped in the quagmire of self-servidness. This was not Shirley Chisholm, who was totally dedicated to her work in uplifting actions in fighting, fearlessly, for the rights of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. This play will take the audience on a roller coaster ride to places that land them, right-dab in the middle of the deleterious actions that Shirley adopted in order to accomplish her goals; that some felt were impossible to achieve for a woman or for a black.
The magnanimous political analyst-Donna Brazile recounts her last interview with Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress of the United States of America, who wished “to be remembered as a catalyst-for change.”
Speaking about Mrs. Chisholm' the Co-Founder of NOW, said that she was “the woman who paved the way for Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama by taking the 'White Male Only' sign off the White House door.” Gloria Steinman
“Unbought & Unbossed” is a riveting roller-coaster ride through a retrospective journey of the life of the most dynamic and strategically clever politicians of all times, Shirley Chisholm. The precursive life events that end up at the 1973 Democratic convention, where Shirley campaigning to gain the bid as the nominee for POTUS reaches a resounding fruition! The name of this multi-genre play was taken from the title at Shirley's autobiography; where she characterized herself as “Unbought & Unbossed.”
~Dr. Mona Vaughn-Scott
June 9 - 11, 2017