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Regina King Set To Star Shirley Chisholm, Biopic Of 1st Black Congresswoman

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America’s first Black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm, is getting a biopic.

Oscar award winning, Regina King, will star as the late Shirley Chisholm in a film titled “Shirley,” according to a press release from Participant according to Daily News.

In 1968, Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress, serving as a representative for New York’s 12th congressional district, which includes New York City. Chisholm served seven terms through 1983, when she retired from politics. She died in 2005 at the age of 80.

The movie will be written and directed by John Ridley will be the writer and director of the film. He is known for winning an Oscar for the “12 Years a Slave” screenplay. King also starred on Ridley’s TV series “American Crime,” for which she won two of her four Emmys.

“Shirley Chisholm’s fearless determination has been an inspiration to so many of us, and with this film we hope to inspire many generations to come,” King, who is co-producing, said in a statement.

“To collaborate once again with my friend and mentor, John Ridley, and the team at Participant, makes this decade-long journey even sweeter,” King added.

King recently made her directorial debut with “One Night in Miami,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best director. She will next appear in a western, “The Harder They Fall.”

In 2015, President Barack Obama posthumously honored Chisholm with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The trailblazing politician was also recognized by the U.S. Postal Service with the Shirley Chisholm Forever Stamp in 2014.