For Educators: Women of the Congressional Black Caucus

Unit Resources

Avoice Exhibit

Visit the Avoice exhibit about the Women of the Congressional Black Caucus


Women of the Congressional Black Caucus Timeline

Shirley Chisholm Timeline

Barbara C. Jordan Timeline


for Teachers
Black Americans in Congress 1870-2007. United States House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, Office of History and Preservation, Washington, D.C., 2008

Women in Congress 1917-2006. United States House of Representatives, Committee on House Administration, Office of the Clerk, Washington, D.C., 2006

Please note: The above books can be obtained for free by ordering online at the Office of the House Historian web site.

for Students
Johnson, Linda. Barbara Jordan: Congresswoman (Library of Famous Women), Gale Cengage Learning, Inc., Farmingham, MI, 1994.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. Harcourt Children's Books Publisher, New York City, NY, 2000.

Raatma, Lucia. Shirley Chisholm (Leading Women Series), Benchmark Education Company, Pelham, NY, 2010.

Web Resources

African American Members of the United States Congress 1870-2011
Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, April 8, 2011

Avoice: African-American Voices in Congress

United States House of Representatives

United States Senate


Chisholm '72: Unbrought and Unbossed (2004) 76 minutes.
A documentary on Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's 1972 presidential bid.
(Director: Shola Lynch)

Barbara Jordan: Keynote Speech at the 1976 Democratic National Convention (DNC)
(Note to educators: Share the first 3 minutes and 34 seconds of this video with students.)
Film footage of Representative Jordan's keynote speech. She was the first African-American woman to speak at the conventions.
(Archival Source: The University of Texas at Austin)

Explorations in Black Leadership: Carol Moseley-Braun (2005) 60 minutes.
Julian Bond, professor of history at the University of Virginia, sits down with Carol Moseley Braun, former Illinois Senator and to date the only African-American woman elected to the Senate, in a conversation about race relations, her career and the role of everyday people in achieving a just society.
(Producer: Institute of Public History, University of Virginia)

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