Shirley Chisholm, Congress, Lauren Underwood discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

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She arrived in Washington, DC, congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm was force to be reckoned with her nickname was fighting, Shirley, but she also earned the respect of fellow members of congress. She went onto co found the Congressional Black caucus. She even ran for president. When Shirley Chisholm retired after fourteen years in congress. She was asked how she would like to be remembered she responded that she did not want to go down in history. As the nation's first black congresswoman, rather she said, quote, I'd like them to say that surely that Shirley Chisolm had guts, that's how I'd like to be remembered that is that is absolutely how she is remembered after Shirley Chisholm death in two thousand and five congress commissioned a portrait of her that's an honor typically reserved only for party leadership, but fighting Shirley is still there in the halls of congress keeping an eye out. And now over the past few weeks members of congress new freshman class the most diverse freshman class congress has ever seen. They've been arriving at the capitol and they've been doing their orientation, and they've been setting up their staffs and their offices, and you know, keeps popping up these last couple of weeks. Yeah. Thank god. They put about portrait because with Democrats picking up forty new seats and sending Washington the most diverse and most female congress ever past few weeks have been a time to remember. And to honor the fact that surely Chisholm had guts. Coming up. We've had interview we will have interviews with two new congress members elect both of them defied. Great odds to get where they are today. Their stories are coming up next with us. Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois. When she was eight years old, she was diagnosed with a chronic heart condition. That's what made her want to become a nurse watching her own caregivers back when she was a little kid, Lauren Underwood became a nurse. She ended up taking her.

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