What unnerved the department was that a black woman could be placed at the center of academic inquiry, and that black women's thought was proving more engaging to this generation of students than that of European feminists or American historians. In the quest for a safe space, will my Beyoncé course be the next to go?
As the most reliable Democratic voters in the past two presidential elections, Black women are an essential part of the winning coalition that any Democratic candidate will need to win in 2016. The urgency that Chisholm felt in 1970 resonates strongly today. But so, too, does her optimism for a better future.