Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Another strong woman speaker movie coming: Viola Davis as Barbara Jordan

Following in the wake of The King's Speech and The Iron Ladycomes word that public speaking--and a strong woman speaker--will be on the big screen again. Viola Davis, recent Oscar nominee for The Help, will be playing Congresswoman Barbara Jordan in a movie, based on the book Barbara Jordan: American Hero.

Davis was recently featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Women's Speeches for her acceptance speech "What keeps me in the business is hope," at the ELLE Magazine Women in Hollywood awards ceremony. There's video at the link so you can get a taste of her speaking style--I think she is more than up to the challenge of tackling Barbara Jordan.

Jordan, considered one of the finest orators of the 20th century, also was the first African-American and first woman to keynote the Democratic National Convention, widely considered among the most powerful political speeches ever delivered. You can read more about Barbara Jordan's origins as a public speaker here, including her early influences and other key speeches, and our analysis of her convention speech here, which is included in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Women's Speeches. But here it is again, so you can imagine Viola Davis in the role. What do you think about this forthcoming movie?

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