Uzo Aduba’s ‘Ms. Virginia’ is an exercise in separating performance from politics

When taken at face value, Miss Virginia, which is based on the real activism of Virginia Walden Ford, is a great and inspiring movie. In it, Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) portrays Virginia, who is a single mother to fifteen year old James (Niles Fitch). The film tells the story of Virginia’s legislative journey as she testifies on behalf of her son’s negative experience in the D.C. public school system. 

Miss Virginia’s talented cast and profound storyline communicate the importance of self-advocacy and community organizing when one feels forgotten and cast aside by their government and elected officials. Although its story is set in 2003, its message is timeless. Read more…

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