Note: This is the ninth installment of WCBS 880’s Black History Month series.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– Forty-four years ago, there was a pioneering and quite serious campaign for the nation’s highest office.

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Long before Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm.

The year was 1972 and Representative Chisholm of Brooklyn, the first black woman elected to the United States congress, was running.

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“She always said, ‘If I waited for someone to give me a turn, I would still be waiting,'” award-winning filmmaker Shola Lynch told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving.

Lynch conducted extensive interviews with Chisholm, and released her documentary “Chisholm ’72: Unbought And Unbossed” in 2004, not long before Chisholm died.

“She understood what power was,” Lynch said.

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Chisholm won only 151 delegates. George McGovern was the democratic nominee, and Richard Nixon was reelected in a landslide.