Dear Mr. Kelsey

I have collected autographs for over 20 years. When I was in college I started writing to celebrities and asking them what they would tell a class of elementary school students. Over the years I have gotten over 200 letter and signed pictures to my students. I think that by these very busy people taking the time to share their thoughts with students, it shows the power of education. I hope you enjoy my collection

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Location: Washington, DC, United States

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Education Specialist for Digital Learning.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Shirley Chisholm – First African American Woman in Congress

Shirley Chisholm passed away in 2005. She was an absolutely amazing woman. Not only was she the first African American Woman to serve in the United States Congress, but she was also the first woman to seek the nomination for President of the United States. She did this in 1972 and while she wasn’t nominated to run for president, she did get 151 of the delegates votes. I wrote to Ms. Chisholm a few years ago and got a really cool letter back. First, she had amazing handwriting. Second, she sent her letter on a photocopied page that had a picture of her on it. In the letter she says:

Dear Students:

You must take advantage of every opportunity available! Study and pay attention to your teachers who are preparing you for a successful adult. In whatever you do look only to God and Conscience for approval. Always aim high!
Shirley Chisholm


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