Kenyan Hollywood actress Lupita Nyongo has for the past few months been using her celebrity status to campaign against development of a baseball stadium in a slavery history - rich part of Richmond, Virginia. (continues below... )
The Hollywood actress has been tweeting and invoking discussions on the same on her social media pages. Her efforts were recognized last week by the National Trust for Historic Preservation when they included her name in a public appeal to officially rally an opposition to the development of the proposed Shockoe Bottom stadium.
The 33 year old has even appealed to Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones, to reconsider withdrawing support for the stadium that is at the center of controversy.
The mayor responded by inviting Lupita Nyongo to view the plan for the project assuring her that it will not interfere with the preservation of history its slave-trading past.
Lupita Nyongo’s passion for slavery history comes from her casting in the 2014 movie "12 years a slave" where she played the role of Patsey - a slave girl. This role got her Hollywood recognition and an Oscar win for the role of Best supporting actress.