President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a private screening of the upcoming film, “Hidden Figures,” the true story of the first Black women who were instrumental in getting the first men on the moon. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as the untapped talented group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history: the first shuttle trip to the moon.
Based on the unbelievably true-life stories of three women, known as “human computers,” Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson. We follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and firmly cemented them into U.S. history as true American heroes.
At the screening were current NASA astronauts, employees, directors, producers and young women from a local high school that were invited to attend.
In her remarks to the group, the First Lady spoke directly to the young women.
“As you move forward in life… make sure there is diversity at the table,” instructs the First Lady. “Make sure the conversation is diverse. When we pull together…and when we bring all of that to the table, anything is possible. Even going to the moon. That is how America won the race to the moon.”
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