Assemblyman Nick Perry is sponsoring legislation in Albany that would make Shirley Chisholm’s birthday a day of commemoration. Assemblyman Perry’s bill would require the development of an optional curriculum by local school districts statewide.
Assemblyman Perry believes it is important to maintain the legacy of the Brooklyn-born Chisholm, who in 1972 broke barriers with her run for President. Passage of the bill would enable Chisholm’s vivacious attitude towards life to be conveyed to the youth of New York for many years to come.
"It is imperative that we preserve the trailblazing efforts of Shirley Chisholm," said Assemblyman Perry. "Just as Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier in baseball, Shirley Chisholm’s revolutionary Presidential run 1972 should be recalled with as much admiration. A day in honor of her life and the study of her accomplishments and historical impact is most fitting and would amount to a mere token of gratitude for all of her tireless efforts."
Assemblyman Perry is convinced that New York youth will benefit from being educated on the life of Shirley Chisholm, the unbought and unbossed advocate for equal rights. Assemblyman Perry has also proposed the establishment of the Shirley Chisholm women’s leadership scholarship to be awarded annually at Brooklyn College, Chisholm’s alma mater.
"The scholarship would provide for a female student, with a desire and commitment to public service, and one who could have not previously afforded a higher education, to gain a degree and pursue opportunities that Chisholm’s efforts helped create," said Assemblyman Perry.