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Hartford Changemakers

Black, Latinx, and Indigenous leaders in Hartford History

Shirley Scott


Shirley Scott (1932-1978)

Politician, Journalist, Business Executive

Shirley Scott was a Hartford Republican mayoral candidate, newspaper reporter for the Hartford Times, and civil rights activist. In 1975, as the first black woman to run for mayor in a major city in Connecticut, she campaigned against the incumbent, George Athanson. She worked for Athanson in the 1960s as his legal secretary. In 1964 her contribution to the Gannett Series, "The Road to Integration" helped the newspaper chain win a special Pulitzer. As a reporter for the Hartford Times from 1963-66, she covered the ctiy's social service agencies, anti-poverty programs and, what was then called the Welfare Department (now Department of Social Services). She was chairwoman of the Hartford Chapter of Congress on Racial Equality, and co-owner of the Hartford public relations firm, Frazier and Scott Enterprises.

Política, periodista, ejecutiva de negocios

Shirley Scott era candidata a la alcaldía republicana de Hartford, periodista del Hartford Times y activista de derechos civiles. En 1975, como la primera mujer negra en postularse a la alcaldía en una ciudad importante de Connecticut, hizo campaña contra el titular, George Athanson. Ella trabajó para Athanson en la década de 1960 como su secretaria legal. En 1964, su contribución a la serie Gannett, "The Road to Integration" ayudó a la cadena de periódicos a ganar un Pulitzer especial. Como reportera del Hartford Times de 1963 a 1966, cubrió las agencias de servicio social de la ciudad, los programas contra la pobreza y, lo que entonces se llamaba el Departamento de Bienestar (ahora Departamento de Servicios Sociales). Fue presidenta del Capítulo del Congreso de Hartford sobre Igualdad Racial y copropietaria de la empresa de relaciones públicas de Hartford, Frazier and Scott Enterprises.

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