Uzo Aduba, Nigerian-American actress, has been cast to play the role of the most prominent black women in the history of America – Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the United States Congress – in an upcoming limited series titled, ‘Mrs. America’.

Shirley Chisholm not only made history as America’s first black congresswoman but, in 1972, she also became the first black woman to run for President of the United States of America. Set in the ’70s, Mrs. America will tell the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly (played by Oscar-winning actress, Cate Blanchett).

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who recently co-wrote and directed the record-breaking Captain Marvel, ‘Mrs. America’ will premiere as a nine-episode series. Aduba excitedly shared the news on her Instagram page, with the caption:

“Telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Excited to share.”

The Emmy-winning actress, Aduba, is mostly known for her breakout role in Netflix’s acclaimed comedy, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ and while there’s no slated premiere date for the series yet, fans seem to already be expectant.

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