Events & Author Appearances

A Seat at the Table
Meet the Author: Glenn L. Starks
People's Book, 7014 Westmoreland Ave Ste A, Takoma Park, MD 20912 (map it)
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 6:00pm

Join authors Glenn L. Starks for a signing of his new book, A Seat at the Table, at People's Book in Takoma Park, MD.

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A Seat at the Table
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By Glenn L. Starks, By F. Erik Brooks


Published Mar 2024

When Shirley Chisholm was asked why she would dare run for president, her response was, why not her?
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm rose from being the child of immigrants to the United States to running for the highest office in the land. She was both the first African American woman elected to the US Congress and the first African American woman of a major political party to make a serious run for president of the United States.
These achievements were not in spite of her background but rather because of it. She persevered by being steadfast in her political convictions and unwilling to compromise on the issues she believed in. Chisholm directly challenged the political establishment and gave a political voice to so many segments of society that were historically ignored—women, racial minorities, young people, the gay community, domestic and agricultural workers, and the poor—not only in her home district in Brooklyn, New York, but across the country.
Her run for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination may not have ended in victory, but it was successful in forging a grassroots campaign that united diverse Americans behind a candidate who championed their collective interests. Her efforts laid the groundwork for change then, now, and in the future.
Without Shirley Chisholm there may not have been a Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or Kamala Harris.