‘Hidden Figures’ Author Margot Lee Shetterly Signs Two-Book Deal with Viking

This is excellent! I’m very happy to see more of the underrepresented and little-known historical American figures getting the spotlight, for a change. It’s certainly long overdue.


Margot Lee Shetterly (photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

article by Sameer Rao via colorlines.com

Following the literary and film success¬†of¬†‚ÄúHidden Figures,‚Ä̬†author¬†Margot Lee¬†Shetterly¬†will turn her attention to two little-known but prominent Black families in Baltimore.¬†Viking Books¬†announced today (April 10) that it has acquired the rights to¬†Shetterly‚Äôs¬†next two books.

The first will focus on the mid 20th-century achievements of the Murphys, a publishing family, and the entrepreneurial Adams family. As described by PBS, formerly enslaved patriarch John Henry Murphy founded the The Afro-American newspaper and turned it, with his children, into one of the country’s most widely-read Black titles.

The paper tackled Jim Crow, the lack of Black¬†representation in Baltimore government and other racial justice issues throughout its existence. The¬†Murphys¬†used this influence to successfully advocate local change, including desegregating the University of Maryland‚Äės law school.

A 2011¬†Baltimore Sun¬†obituary for Adams family leader William ‚ÄúLittle Willie‚ÄĚ Adams notes that he and his schoolteacher-turned-politician‚Ķ

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda
    Apr 11, 2017 @ 18:47:02

    I’d love to read the book, but looking at my timetable these days, I will probably see the movie first. Either way, looking forward to it!!

    • sepultura13
      Apr 12, 2017 @ 23:32:26

      If I’m inspired to read a book because of a movie, I’d rather watch the movie first – movies always leave out the important details, so they’re like a condensed, heavily-edited version!

      The movie will be good, I’m sure; I think the book will be excellent!

  2. cindy knoke
    Apr 11, 2017 @ 12:41:15

    I’m reading the book right now. So impressive!

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