In 1972, this person became the first African-American to run for president in a major party primary:

Answer Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American candidate to run for President in a major party primary, as well as the first woman to run for the Democratic nomination. At the 1972 Democratic National Convention, she received 152 first-ballot votes, placing her fourth in the initial voting.

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