Uzo Aduba to Portray First African American Congresswoman in Upcoming Series ‘Mrs America’

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Uzo Aduba Mrs America

Nigerian-American actress, Uzo Aduba is slated to portray the first African American Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm, in a new FX series dubbed Mrs America.

The actress popularly known for her role as Crazy Eyes in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black, will be joined by Cate Blanchett as well as Rose Byrne, Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, James Marsden, Margo Martindale and Sarah Paulson.

The series will give a clear depiction of the strong opposition faced by Congresswoman Chisholm from a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly (Blanchett) due to her movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Not only did Chisholm serve as the first African American woman in Congress she was also the first black woman in the United States to run for a major party’s presidential nomination in 1972.

Uzo Aduba Mrs America
Chisholm 1972 Image Source: Don Hogan Charles/New York Times Co./Getty Images
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