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<span class="style1"><strong>Assemblyman N. Perry Leads Brooklyn College Celebration of Second Annual Shirley Chisholm Day, Scholarship</strong></span>

Assemblyman N. Perry Leads Brooklyn College Celebration of Second Annual Shirley Chisholm Day, Scholarship

 

Brooklyn College senior Erica Eudoxie, the first recipient of the Shirley Chisholm Scholarship is congratulated by New York State Assemblyman Nick Perry.

Students, faculty and special guests joined in a shared remembrance of the life of Shirley Chisholm, class of 1946 and a true American pioneer, as the campus celebrated the second annual Shirley Chisholm Day last week.  Sponsored by the Brooklyn College Women's Studies Program and the Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women, the annual event commemorates the extraordinary life of Ms. Chisholm who was the first African-American woman elected to Congress and the first woman from a major political party to run for the presidency. 

“I was pleased to join with my alma mater Brooklyn College, not only in preserving the legacy of Shirley Chisholm, but in keeping her memory alive each year, by providing an opportunity for a student who aspires to follow her footsteps to a career in public service,” said New York State Assemblyman N. Nick Perry, who last year wrote the legislation that led to Nov 30th being named a “Day of Commemoration” honoring Ms. Chisholm by Governor Pataki.

Assemblyman Perry also led the effort to secure state funding for the first annual Shirley Chisholm Scholarship at Brooklyn College . The scholarship provides monetary assistance and internships to female students interested in pursuing a career in public service in the tradition of Ms. Chisholm. 

“I was extremely honored to receive the award,” said first time winner, Erica Eudoxie, after the ceremony. “Shirley Chisholm was, and is, a role model to many women and I am flattered to be mentioned in the same sentence as her.”

In addition to Assemblyman Perry participants included New York State Assemblywoman Adele Cohen; Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Yvonne Graham; and producer-film maker Shola Lynch.  

In 2005, Governor George Pataki came to Brooklyn College, the alma mater of both Shirley Chisholm and Assemblyman Nick Perry and signed into law Assemblyman Perry's bill, marking November 30th “Shirley Chisholm Day” throughout New York State.