When you’ve had a building named after you, notes the Brooklyn Paper (1), you’re usually a “dead white man.” Shirley Chisholm will break that mold as she has her entire, still ongoing, life. As “the first black woman elected to Congress and the first black woman to ever seek a major party nomination for president, Chisholm was breaking racial and gender barriers before Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton ever dreamed about the White House.”
In a fitting tribute a state office building in Fort Greene will be “renamed for the trail-blazing Chisholm.” This re-naming ceremony is actually a long time in coming, “the result of two years of bill drafting and deliberation by her spiritual heirs, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Fort Greene) and state Sen. Velemantte Montgomery (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant).”
Especially fitting that this building take her name as it houses the offices of education affairs “an area Chisholm worked on until she retired in 1982.” Gov. Patterson will be on hand as will other political personalities.
Fort Greene and Clinton Hill have a renewed reason to respect the halls of local government.