Shirley Chisholm

While Black people were once turned away from voting stations, they now play an important role in upholding the justice and dignity of our nation.

In this week's edition of the Congressional Black Caucus Message to America, Representative Yvette Clarke pays homage to the contributions of America's foreign-born sons and daughters with a primary focus on those who have parentage from the Caribbean.

President Barack Obama will present the awards on November 24 during a ceremony at the White House.

In 1968, a woman by the name of Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American female to serve in the U.S. Congress.  And a few years later,…