- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A new postage stamp honors pioneering New York congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.

The stamp is part of the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage series.

It was introduced Friday at a Brooklyn ceremony attended by several current members of Congress.

Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress. She represented a Brooklyn district from 1969 to 1983.

Chisholm also was the first major-party black candidate for president of the United States. She ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 1972.

She did not receive the nomination but she wrote later than she entered the race “because somebody had to do it first.”

Chisholm died in 2005.

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