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Viola Davis, who will also produce the film with husband Julius Tennon, said through this film, she wanted to educate people about Chisholm.
Oscar winner Viola Davis will essay Chisholm in the biopic
The actress feels uncomfortable that the story is largely told from the viewpoint of a white woman.
Adapted from the 2009 Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name, "The Help" also featured Emma Stone as Skeeter Phelan, a young woman writing a book collected from the stories of black maids.
Davis, who is black, said her compensation has not been comparable to her white contemporaries.
Los Angeles Women's March: Viola Davis, Scarlett Johansson rally crowd to protest against Donald Trump
This year's march comes amidst the #MeToo movement, which has been about highlighting sexual harassment at the hands of powerful individuals.