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‘Hidden Figures’ Author to Write New Books on Overlooked Black Icons

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Hidden Figures” author Margot Lee Shetterly has announced that she’ll be releasing two new books which will examine “the idea of the American Dream and its legacy” by telling the stories of “extraordinary ordinary African-Americans whose contributions to American history have, for one reason or another, been untold, unseen, or overlooked.”

Much like Shetterly’s last subjects in the acclaimed book/film “Hidden Figures,” the figures in her latest book made historic achievements before being erased from HIS-story.

First up, Shetterly will tackle Baltimore and the prominent black families that empowered its citizens in the middle of the 20th century, as well as the discriminatory policies and norms, per Huff Post.

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While the book doesn’t have a tile yet, it will examine the Adams family of Baltimore, headed up by William Adams. He was a venture capitalist who invested in numerous black-owned businesses at a time when access to capital was hard for black Americans to come by. Upon his death in 2011, former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro told the Baltimore Sun, “He brought black entrepreneurs into the formerly all-white business community.”

Adams’ wife, Victorine, was the first black woman on the Baltimore city council.

Additionally, the book will tell the story of the Murphy family and The Afro-American, the newspaper which is still in publication today and has been since 1892.

Shetterly’s book “Hidden Figures” was adapted into the blockbuster, award-winning 2016 film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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