Shirley Chisholm made history in 1968 when she became the first black woman elected to Congress. Later, in 1972, she also became the first woman and person of color to pursue a nomination for president in a major American political party.
So it seems fitting that Viola Davis will depict Chisholm, who passed away 2005, in an upcoming biopic. Davis made history, too, by becoming the first black actress to be nominated for three Academy Awards and is the only African American to secure acting’s triple crown (an Emmy, Oscar and a Tony).
Davis and her husband Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions announced Thursday a first-look deal for a biopic about the New York representative, aptly named “The Fighting Shirley Chisholm,” according to Deadline. Chisholm faced significant criticism during her 1972 run for the White House, eventually losing the Democratic nomination to George McGovern, who was then beaten by Richard Nixon in the presidential election.
Chisholm has remained a trailblazer for modern politics as African American women, such as Stacey Abrams, the first black woman to win in the Georgia gubernatorial primaries, continue to make history.
Davis will also produce the Chisholm biopic in which she will star.