Actor Isiah Washington reveals that he would like to play the first black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm. The actor was on the Atlanta talk show Sister Circle and they asked whom he would like to portray his first answer was Shirley Chisholm.
From a 2010 article:
“I just said that so you could say that,” he responded with a laugh. “I say that; people go” — he gasped. He laughed some more and continued: “I want to play (the late civil rights activist and congresswoman) Shirley Chisholm! People want to know what my next role is. After I do Lou Rawls (in a project being developed), I want to get into contention, along with Kimberly Elise and Viola Davis, to see if I can audition in character to play Shirley Chisholm.”