Regina King to play political icon Shirley Chisholm

She was the first Black woman in Congress, and the first Black woman to seek the nomination for president of the United States. Shirley Anita Chisholm will be portrayed by Regina King in an upcoming Netflix produced drama.

Regina King

Titled “Shirley,” the project, which is currently filming in Cincinnati tells the story of Chisholm’s boundary-breaking and historic presidential campaign.  Based on exclusive and extensive conversations with family and friends, it is written and directed by John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of the movie “12 Years a Slave.”

Chisholm, who died in 2005 was the oldest of four daughters to immigrant parents from Guyana and Barbados.

Shirley Anita Chisholm will be played by Regina King

Lance Reddick, Lucas Hedges, Christina Jackson, Dorian Missick, Amirah Vann, André Holland, and Terrence Howard are set to star in the drama about the American politician, educator, and author who in 1968 became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York’s 12th congressional district.

Producers are Anikah McLaren and Elizabeth Haggard for Participant, Regina King, and Reina King for Royal Ties Productions.  The Executive Producers are Jeff Skoll, Ted Gidlow.

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

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