Unbossed & Unbowed is an immersive and interactive solo show about the 1st African-American woman to run for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the U.S. In the 1960s and ’70s. This Brooklyn-born daughter of Caribbean parents was on a mission. They called her the black Joan of Arc. She called herself Fighting Shirley as she faced off against the political machine in the name of justice. In her portrayal of Shirley Chisholm, Ingrid Griffith tells it like it really is… A Woman with a Vision is a Powerful Thing.
The story journey’s back to 10-year-old Shirley returning to the U.S. after being separated from her parents during the Great Depression. We see how the years living with her grandmother in Barbados manifested Shirley’s Caribbean Heritage in her bearing, speech pattern and expectations of herself. Shirley Chisholm’s childhood also shows how race and gender were intended to determine how far she could go in life, why as a young woman she chose to fight for the disenfranchised, and what it took for her to rise.