Shirley Chisholm’s life is coming to the big screen. Chisholm, who was the first black female member of Congress and first black woman to run for president, will be portrayed by Anika Noni Rose, who is also set to produce the film.
The film, which originally had Viola Davis attached, doesn’t have a release date as of yet, but the synopsis states:
“Portrayed by Tony Award-Winning Actress, Anika Noni Rose, CHISHOLM embodies the keen sense of justice and community, embracing her fold like a warrior. Always meticulously dressed, pearls in place, watched adjusted to the second, Congresswoman Chisholm metamorphosed to do America’s business. With a colorful team of cohorts by her side, Congresswoman Chisholm personifies the bold educated Brooklynite with her roots firmly planted in her Caribbean heritage, hurdling humongous odds in a system structured for whites and males only. With an efficient producing team, Creative Monster Production’s Bryan Gambogi (‘Blue Jasmine’/’King of Beasts’ Documentary), Grant Anderson (‘Green Hornet’), Debbie Brubaker (‘Big Eyes’), Barbara Bullard, social innovator, and an award-winning writing team, Armistead Johnson and Montserrat Mendez, CHISHOLM will be eloquently developed changing the paradigm of how we ourselves can be a ‘Catalyst for Change.’”
It’s about time Chisholm’s story is getting told!