Ingrid Griffith portrays Shirley Chisholm in ‘Unbossed & Unbowed’

Actress Ingrid Griffith in her portrayal of Shirley Chisholm in “Unbossed & Unbowed” – a one woman, On-Demand show.
Greg Donaldson

Guyanese born actress Ingrid Griffith, a Caribbean Life Impact Award recipient, pays tribute to late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in “Unbossed & Unbowed,” a solo show streaming On-Demand through Feb. 28, at in celebration of Black History Month.

The presentation will include Griffith’s various characters during a general access viewing for a donation of $15, and VIP Access including a Q&A segment, for a $25.00 donation. Tickets are available at

Griffith’s one-woman satirical drama “Demerara Gold” about growing up in Guyana and the United States, which made her a phenomenal success, is still being raved about as the multi-talented performer, playwright, and instructor continues her streak of sold-out shows across the United States and Guyana.

Audiences will be educated about Shirley Chisholm’s life and legacy. She played an instrumental role in the struggle to make MLK Day a national holiday, an element of her political contribution Griffith will depict.

Shirley Anita Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York’s 12th congressional district for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In the 1972 United States presidential election, she became the first African-American candidate for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

For 15 years after King’s assassination, racists in the House & Senate obstructed the legislation, however, Chisholm helped keep the legislation alive until it was finally signed into law in 1983.

Chisholm, who was born to a factory laborer from Guyana, and a seamstress from Barbados, accepted a 1970 petition to Congress to designate Martin Luther King Day a holiday, and maintained a tradition of commemorating King’s legacy every year on college campuses throughout the nation, will be brought to life in this moving tribute.

Griffith, who teaches Public Speaking and Civic Engagement in the Communication and Theatre Arts Department, received her Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing in 2009 from The City University of New York.

She is a freelance health and fitness writer and has written for magazines including Essence, Pro Sports, Source and Ofnote magazine. Ms. Griffith has taught Acting Technique and Voice and Diction in the Communications Studies Department at the University of Guyana. She has studied and worked as an actor and is a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA.

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