Skip to Content

Shirley Chisholm Movies

If you are looking for great movies to watch during Black History Month, Women’s History Month, or supplement at-home learning, you’ll want to check out these Shirley Chisholm Movies.

Movies About Shirley Chisholm

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Shirley Chisholm, Ronald V. Dellums, Barbara Lee (Actors)

Chisholm '72 – Unbought & Unbossed

Historical documentary on Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1972. Reflecting Chisholm's wit, spirit, and charisma, the film chronicles her adventures on the Chisholm Trail. 

Women – for America, for the World

Adam Clayton Powell
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Julian Bond, Shirley Chisholm, Adam Clayton Powell (Actors)

Adam Clayton Powell (film)

The Academy Award¨-nominated Adam Clayton Powell delves into the gripping life and career of the most influential and flamboyant civil rights leader in America in the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

Image Credit:


Regina King is set to star in and produce “Shirley,” a new film that tells the story of Shirley Chisholm, the nation’s first Black Congresswoman and the first Black woman to run for president for the Democratic Party. 

The Black American Experience: Famous Public Figures: Mary McLeod Bethune and Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm: Her legacy of political and social activism laid the foundation for the rise of women and Blacks in American politics. MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE (1875-1955) was born on the 15th of 17 children to former slaves in South Carolina.

RELATED:  10 Black Women in History Through Black History Movies

This inspiring program follows her illustrious path from the cotton fields of the South to renowned African American educator, leader of women, distinguished adviser to several American presidents including Franklin D. Roosevelt, a close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, and champion of racial equality.

Here is a three-page study about Shirley Chisholm:

Click here to download this printable.

About the Shirley Chisholm Printable:

Printables are a fun and accessible way to make learning more enjoyable for your students. If you wanted to learn more about Shirley Chisholm's life, you will love these three-page Shirley Chisholm Printable.

What is Shirley Chisholm best known for?

Shirley Chisholm is well known for becoming the first African-American from a major political party to run for president in 1972, as well as the first Democratic woman of any race to do so. Chisholm's presidential attempt, however, was far from her sole triumph in her 80-year career.

Who is playing Shirley Chisholm?

“Shirley Chisholm,” as played by Uzo Aduba, not only made history as the first African American congresswoman but also as the first African American presidential candidate from a major political party, when she started her historic 1972 campaign.

She was a co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus and was instrumental in getting the Equal Rights Amendment enacted in the House in 1971.

RELATED:  Robert Sengstacke Abbott Movies

Where is Shirley Chisholm buried?

Shirley Chisholm was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York, United States, a historic rural cemetery in Buffalo, New York, founded in 1849 by Charles E. Clarke.

Books about Shirley Chisholm:

To continue this unit study, check out these Black History month writing prompts.

If you’d like to continue with a women’s history unit study, check out the “Her Story in History” packet, too.

See who is also on this list of 15 African Americans Who Changed History. 


RELATED:  Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler Movies



Best Movies Right Now
Follow me
Latest posts by Best Movies Right Now (see all)