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Viola Davis Will Play Shirley Chisholm, First Black Woman Elected to Congress, in Amazon Movie

Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis is gearing up to play groundbreaking politician Shirley Chisholm in a film for Amazon Studios.

The company said Thursday that Davis has signed on to star in and produce the project about Chisholm, who was the first black woman ever elected to the United States Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

She represented New York’s 12th District in the House of Representatives from 1969 to 1983 and sought the presidential nomination in 1972. Chisholm died in 2005 at age 80.

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