Flagler woman invited to see godmother Shirley Chisholm honored by Obama

jeroline mccarthyMarya Bosley was invited to share the national stage upon President Barack Obama’s bestowal of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to recipients Nov. 24 at the White House.

The president conferred the nation’s highest civilian honor to 17 “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

A delegation, accompanying Marya Bosley (sixth from left), is Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts (fourth from left) and the City Council.(JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)
A delegation, accompanying Marya Bosley (sixth from left), is Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts (fourth from left) and the City Council.

Bosley was invited to attend the ceremony for the posthumous award on behalf of her godmother, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. The ceremony was scheduled past our deadline at the DaytonaTimes.

It was 1968 when Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American female member of the House of Representatives. She campaigned in 1972 for the United States presidency, and pulled in other contributions.

President Obama said from the Briefing Room of The White House Press Office website, “I look forward to presenting these 17 distinguished Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor.

From public servants who helped us meet defining challenges of our time to artists who expanded our imaginations, from leaders who have made our union more perfect to athletes who have inspired millions of fans, these men and women have enriched our lives and helped define our shared experience as Americans.”

The recipients who reacted and achieved the contributions were: Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Yogi Berra, Gloria Estefan, civil and human rights leader Minoru Yasui, among others.

Local recognition
A proclamation already has been tucked under Bosley’s belt.

It was Nov. 17 when Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts and the City Council declared Nov. 30 as “Shirley Chisholm Day.”

Business owners of Natural Nubian and Office Divvy had the presence of mind not to lose track of who Congresswoman Chisholm was. It was their prime directive to apprise others of Mrs. Chisholm’s leadership and her courageous work for justice. For many years, Mrs. Chisholm was retired in Palm Coast. And so, the business owners elicited help from student interns at Office Divvy to create a website highlighting the congresswoman.

The campaign caught hold and the City Council issued a proclamation that read:

WHEREAS, Shirley Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was a humanitarian, a politician, and achieved a dynamic list of firsts. She was a trendsetter before her time. Chisholm’s legacy focused on the equal rights of women, children, family, and education; and

WHEREAS, Shirley Chisholm made history for being the first Black United States Congresswoman and making a bid for the U.S. Presidency in 1972. She was an advocate for minority education and employment opportunities during her term in Congress; and

WHEREAS, Shirley Chisholm was bold in taking a diverse approach as a politician. Chisholm stood firm in what she believed in. As a gifted leader she brought awareness by being a purposeful voice, which extended to the Black community; and

WHEREAS, in order to increase awareness about Shirley Chisholm and her connection to Palm Coast during her retirement years, several Palm Coast organizations, businesses, and students built a website at www.ShirleyChisholm.life and are running an awareness campaign using the social media hashtag #IknowNow.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED by Mayor Netts and the City Council of The City of Palm Coast that Nov. 30, 2015 be:

as a day to remember Shirley Chisholm and reflect upon all of her accomplishments in life and contributions to our nation.

Signed this 17th day of November 2015.

Jon Netts, Mayor
Witnessed by:
Virginia A. Smith, City Clerk
Since family, friends and associates wanted to stay connected, some folks addressed the City Council – among whom was Bosley, who said, “…all of us in this room have witnessed the first mark towards making Nov. 30 a day of recognition in honor of a great woman, who dared to be different, who had the courage of her conviction, who set the precedent for all women in politics – not just for African-American women by becoming the first Black woman to become elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1968. She became a glass ceiling destroyer for all of the women of today who seek high government office…”

A birthday party honoring Congresswoman Chisholm has been planned for Nov. 30. For particulars, contact Office Divvy at 386-445-4153.

151126_dt_palmcoast01bGovernor gives Hope award to Pastor Sims Jones
Another step forward was taken by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. A case in point engaged the governor to present “The Champion of Hope Award” to Pastor Sims Jones at the 2015 National Faith Symposium in Orlando.

It was presented for Pastor Sims’ “exceptional leadership and dedicated service… with at-risk youth, children in care, and families in need to promote their health, happiness, and overall success,” particularly to the People Helping People Center in Bunnell.

Pastor Sims is the Religious Affairs chairman of the Flagler County NAACP for the endeavor “to promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle,” as mentioned in “The Constitution and By-Laws for the Branches.”


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Birthday wishes to Lillian Robinson-Duncan, Nov. 28.



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