Former U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm speaks to an African-American history class at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002. Chisholm was an advocate for minority rights and became the first black woman elected to Congress and later the first black person to seek a major party's nomination for the U.S. presidency. She died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005. She was 80.
Eleanor Roosevelt & Edith Sampson at the United Nations in New York. Attorney (and later judge) Edith Sampson was the first African-American Delegate to the United Nations, appointed as an alternate delegate by President Harry Truman.
Artist unidentified Northeastern United States Late 19th century Paint on wood 22 1/2 x 11 7/8 x 11 3/4 in. American Folk Art Museum, promised gift of Ralph Esmerian, P1.2001.347 This stocky little Santa Claus presents a late nineteenth-century image of the venerable character that can be compared with Samuel Robb’s version (also in the museum’s collection) of around 1923.