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CHISHOLM '72 - Unbought and Unbossed

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This event will feature a post-film discussion in partnership with the Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and will be moderated by Michelle Love-Day with Dr. Tamara Stevenson, Betty Sawyer, and Sandra Hollins as panelists.


Michelle Love-Day has been an educator for 19 years. She received her Bachelors in Education (K-8, Minor In Spanish), and Masters in Reading (K-12) from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and a Masters in Education, Leadership, and Policy from the University of Utah (Utah). Her second language is Spanish and she studied abroad in Alacla, Spain. She taught in North Carolina for 3 years until relocating to Utah in 2005. She was a 2nd grade teacher, Literacy Coach, Principal for 7.5 years, and Associate Director of Educational Equity for 4 years. In March 2020, she began as Consultant for Jordan School District in the Educational Language Services, Teaching and Learning Department.

Dr. Tamara Stevenson, Ed.D. is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Chief Diversity Officer at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this role, she provides direct oversight of DEI and leadership toward strengthening and sustaining, diversity, advancing equity, and cultivating inclusion in the College’s structures, policies, and practices. She most recently served as an associate professor in the College’s Communication program. She joined Westminster in 2012 as a postdoctoral teaching fellow in speech communication; she joined the full-time faculty as an assistant professor the following year. 

Representative Sandra Hollins is the first Black American woman elected to the Utah State Legislature. She is a member of the Utah House of Representatives where she has proudly served District 23 since 2015. She successfully passed legislation banning knee on the neck restraint by law enforcement, requiring cultural training for school resource officers, increasing job opportunities for the formerly incarcerated and removing the provision that allow for slavery in the Utah state constitution. Sandra is a licensed clinical social worker, and the primary focus of her career has been on substance abuse treatment and advocacy services for Salt Lake City’s homeless population. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah.  She is in the process of starting her own private practice call Better Minds Counseling and Consulting, LLC.  

Betty Sawyer is the President of the Ogden Branch NAACP, Co- Founder and Director of Project Success Coalition (PSC), Community Engagement Coordinator in Access & Diversity at Weber State University and a charter member of the Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Betty is a connector and builder and has been an agent for change in the City of Ogden and Utah for over 40 years. Her work and advocacy stand today with the creation of the State's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./Human Rights Commission while serving as Director of the Office of Black Affairs. Betty’s work with Project Success includes Harambee Tobacco & Health Network, the Utah Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival & Holiday and the Utah Black Roundtable. These initiatives demonstrate the value she sees in equity, diversity and inclusion at all levels.

Recalling a watershed event in US politics, this compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to seek nomination for the highest office in the land.

Following Chisholm from her own announcement of her candidacy through her historic speech in Miami at the Democratic National Convention, the story is a fight for inclusion. Shunned by the political establishment and the media, this longtime champion of marginalized Americans asked for support from people of color, women, gays, and young people newly empowered to vote at the age of 18. Chisholm's bid for an equal place on the presidential dais generated strong, even racist opposition. Yet her challenge to the status quo and her message about exercising the right to vote struck many as progressive and positive. Period footage and music, interviews with supporters, opponents, observers, and Chisholm's own commentary all illuminate her groundbreaking initiative, as well as political and social currents still very much alive today.

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  • Runtime
    77 minutes
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  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Shola Lynch