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Chisholm Project Director Zinga Fraser Recognized by the New York State Assembly

The Chisholm Project proudly congratulates our director Dr. Zinga Fraser for the citation she recently received from the New York State Assembly.

The Assembly paid tribute to Dr. Fraser for her, “extensive work in education for the African American community worthy of celebration.”

The award cited Dr. Fraser’s many academic distinctions, her work on Capitol Hill with the late Congressman Major Owens and her work “educating, mobilizing and engaging black communities,” as the U.S. Policy Director for the Women’s Development Organization. In addition, the Assembly acknowledged her work as the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project and as “one of the nation’s foremost experts on former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, African American Congressional Women, and African American Politics.”

Signed by Assemblymember Walter T. Mosely, the citation summed up Dr. Fraser’s impact in this way:

Dr. Fraser’s professional and philanthropic activities are an exemplary solution to the challenges facing the 21st century. Through [her] unwavering spirit of love for the African American community, Dr. Fraser has been and continues to be the voice of many, and the model of excellence…

The award was given to Dr. Fraser on March 30th, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, where she served as the guest speaker during their annual Student Recognition Luncheon.

Today, we would like to join the Assembly in thanking Dr. Fraser for her extensive work to advance the legacy of Shirley Chisholm and the well-being of the community.

Read the full text of the award below:

 

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Citation

WHEREAS a Great State is only as great as those persons or organizations who provide service to their community, whether through volunteerism, professional achievement, good citizenry or other endeavors; and

WHEREAS Dr. Zinga A. Fraser has demonstrated extensive work in education for the African American community worthy of celebration. Dr. Fraser holds a doctorate in African American Studies from Northwestern University, Master of Arts from the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in African American Studies from Temple University. Dr. Fraser was the 2009-2010 Vivian Ware Fellow at the Delta Research and Educational Foundation.

WHEREAS Dr. Zinga A. Fraser’s career has yielded numerous awards, including the 2017-2018 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowship, the American Political Science Association in 2014 and the Zora Neale Hurston Award in Social Sciences from Columbia University to name a few. In addition to working as a staffer for the late Congressman Major R. Owens, much of the work Dr. Fraser has accomplished has been for the advancement of black communities. While serving as the former U.S. Policy Director for the Women’s Development Organization and working on domestic policy issues for marginalized women, she has on educating, mobilizing, and engaging black communities, specifically black women and girls. Dr. Fraser has compiled numerous collections of literature and appeared on local, national, and international media outlets to raise awareness for the betterment of society; and

WHEREAS Dr. Zinga A. Fraser is the director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Women’s Activism at Brooklyn College, and Assistant Professor in the Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College. She has the distinction of being one of the nation’s foremost experts on former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, African American Congressional Women, and African American Politics. Dr. Fraser’s professional and philanthropic activities are an exemplary solution to the challenges facing the 21st century. Through Dr. Fraser’s unwavering spirit of love for the African American community, Dr. Fraser has been and continues to be the voice of many, and the model of excellence; now, therefore, be it

PROCLAIMED that the State Assembly of New York pauses in its deliberations to pay tribute to Dr. Zinga A. Fraser on the occasion of her Student Recognition Luncheon and be it further acknowledged that we have in

Dr. Zinga A. Fraser

An upstanding individual whose significant contributions to the advancement of our community are worthy of esteem and recognition.

 

March 30, 2019    

 In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my Hand and Signature

Walter T. Mosely

Source: The Shirley Chisholm Project: Brooklyn Women’s Activism, 1945 to the Present

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Dr. Zinga Fraser Discusses Chisholm’s 50-Year Legacy with The Associated Press

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Dr. Zinga A. Fraser, the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project was featured in an article by AP reporter Deepti Hajela “50 Years in, Chisholm’s Historic Victory Offers Inspiration.”

Drawing from an interview with Dr. Fraser on Shirley Chisholm’s importance in contemporary politics, Hajela writes:

She didn’t let the institutional power her campaign faced rattle her, said Zinga Fraser, professor and director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on women and activism at Brooklyn College.

In Sunday’s article, Dr. Fraser also observed:

“[Chisholm] called herself the people’s candidate because she wanted to bring on a new way to think about democracy, and who was privileged and who had the audacity to run.”

Hajela’s article has also been published in a number of publications this week including The New York TimesThe Washington PostNBC New YorkUS News, The Tampa Bay Times , The Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Gate

The Shirley Chisholm Project and it’s upcoming Chisholm Day celebration were also recently mentioned in a piece in The New York Amsterdam News. 

Source: The Shirley Chisholm Project for Brooklyn Women’s Activism from 1945 to the Present

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Zinga A. Fraser, PhD featured in USA Today

“Unbought and unbossed: Shirley Chisholm blazed multiple trails” 

By , USA TODAY Published 5:31 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2018 | Updated 9:13 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2018

Professor Zinga A. Fraser featured along with Rep. Yvette Clark, Senator Kamala Harris, Rep. Maxine Waters and several others on the importance of Shirley Chisholm.

“She is the first, at the time, really trying to create a coalition of young people when she’s running for the presidency, a coalition of people of color, people of indigenous descent, African-Americans,” said Zinga A. Fraser, Ph.D, and director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism. “She understood that one group alone could not elect a president.”

Source: USA Today

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2017

Media Contact: Lisa Goodnight, goodnightl@aauw.org 202.785.7738

Assistant Professor Dr. Zinga A. Fraser Receives A Prestigious AAUW Award Named a 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow Awarded from one of the world’s oldest fellowship programs for women

AF-2017-18_Fraser_ZingaWASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2017–18 AAUW American Fellowship to Dr. Zinga Fraser. She is an Assistant Professor in Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College.

American Fellowships, AAUW’s largest funding program, date back to 1888, making them one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowship programs in the world exclusively for women. AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

“As an AAUW American Fellow I will be researching and working on my book manuscript entitled, Sister Insider/ Sister Outsider: Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, Black Women’s Politics in the Post Civil Rights Era.” Fraser said. “I am honored to receive this prestigious fellowship that will allow me to complete this most important and timely work on Black women’s politics. This work hopes to transform not only how we understand the political lives of Congresswomen Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan but also understand the ways in which Black women help us reimagine democracy in the U.S. ” she continued. This book will be the first comparative study of Black Congressional women.

Dr. Fraser is the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism at Brooklyn College. Professor Fraser‘s work focuses on African American and Women’s Politics, Black Women’s History, U.S. social movements and Race and inequality. She has published works in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, the Association of Black Women’s Historians and Phillis: A Journal of African American Women’s History. As a former Congressional staffer on Capitol Hill her work engages the efforts by Black political leadership and African American communities to address institutional inequalities within public policy. Prof. Fraser received her B.A. from Temple University; M.A. from Columbia University; and Ph.D. in African American Studies from Northwestern University.

“AAUW American Fellows go on to do great things. Several have served as college or university presidents. Others have blazed new trails. I’m just in awe of them,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “AAUW is proud to award these prestigious fellowships to our newest class of scholars.”

For the 2017–18 academic year AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million through six fellowships and grants programs to 250 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 12,000 women from more than 140 countries since 1888.

Read AAUW’s announcement about this year’s awards. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory. To reach an award recipient, call 202.728.7602 or email fellowships@aauw.org. ###

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more atand join us at www.aauw.org.

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