Shirley Chisholm: Unbossed & Unbowed

Join Prospect Park Alliance and actor, creator and performer, Ingrid Griffith, for an immersive and interactive solo show about Shirley Chisholm at the Prospect Park Boathouse in celebration of Chisholm’s birthday anniversary.

Unbossed and Unbowed is the largely unheard story of Shirley St. Hill Chisholm, a Brooklyn-born politician and daughter of Caribbean parents, who in the 20th century was the first African-American woman to win a seat in the U.S. Congress and run for the Presidency of the United States.

The story journeys back to 10-year old Shirley returning to the United States after being separated from her parents during The Great Depression. We see how the years living with her grandmother in Barbados manifested and reinforced Shirley’s Caribbean heritage. Shirley Chisholm’s childhood also shows how race and gender were intended to determine how far she would go in life, why as a young woman she chose to fight for the disenfranchised, and what it took for her to rise. Learn more about the show.

In the coming years, Prospect Park will be home to the Shirley Chisholm Monument in homage to the Brooklyn trailblazer, activist and hero. Learn more on the Prospect Park Alliance website.