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A Seat at the Table

A seat at the table exhibit

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm

“A Seat at the Table” exhibit is inspired by U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s words and work toward creating a more inclusive democracy.

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. Four years later, she became the first black candidate to run for the presidential nomination of a major party and the first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination. Congresswoman Chisholm stepped up, claimed her seat at the table of public discourse, and made a difference by representing a wide range of people and issues.

This exhibit features multimedia elements dedicated to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s accomplishments and features a visual representation of a table of political influence where visitors themselves may sit and reflect on Shirley Chisholm’s words.

“A Seat at the Table” opened in October 2018. See the press release about the exhibit and the larger Seat at the Table Project in the Institute’s Newsroom.

Read the news article about the project from Metro: Kennedy Institute’s Seat at the Table project highlights importance of inclusion.