“Hidden Figures” is everything we need to uplift Black women! How often do we see leading black women in movies where they are educated, conservatively dressed, not hypersexualized, and actually the reason a WHITE man goes into orbit? NEVER until we got word of this beautiful movie.
“Hidden Figures” is the amazing untold story of three brilliant African-American women working at Nasa serving as the brains behind launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit. It takes the audience back to 1961 when racial segregation and open sexism in the work place took place. These women served as “computers” for Nasa in a time when they weren’t accepted in as being as smart as they were.
Based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly with the same title, the story follows Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). The intelligent, brave, and outspoken engineers calculated their tails off without help from a computer even though there was a huge IBM mainframe in the movie.
This movie comes to theaters January 6, 2017 and will inspire each and every one that math is important and imperative to do MOST things in life. Reading and Math are essential; these visionary trio crossed gender and race lines inspiring other African-American women and an entire generation with their legendary minds.
They are the main reason John Glenn made into orbit, a stunning achievement that gave the nation confidence and entered us into the Space Race.