Discover the ‘Hidden Figures’ of the US Space Race

Be ready for an inspiring historical refresher because the new movie “Hidden Figures” is already in theaters as of December 25, 2016.

The movie, directed by Theodore Melfi,  follows the work of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson who were intelligent African-American women working for NASA during the historically well-known project in the space race, the launching of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Movie critic Peter Debruge from Variety states, “’Hidden Figures’ is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts.”

The theme of the film centers around the racist segregation of the 1960’s with how the main characters have to struggle to be heard and credited by their white bosses. They eventually prosper when their boss breaks down the sign that is labeled ‘colored bathroom’ and becomes more aware of the issues of the day.

Each of the three African-American females all became the first of something throughout the film. Mary Jackson was the first black woman to attend an all-white school in the afternoons part-time, Dorothy Vaughan was the first to learn how to program and work with white men in the IBM room as a supervisor, and finally Katherine G. Johnson became the first colored computer to do theoretical algorithms and advanced geometry assigned to a team of white male engineers. These women were plated by actresses Taraji P. Henson (Katherine G. Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughn), and Janelle Monae (Mary Jackson).

A.O. Scott, movie critic at the NY Times also thought the film had a good message. “There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying payoff.”

However, others such as Jesse Hassenger at A.V. Club had some criticism saying, “Lack of surprise is in this movie’s bones.”

The theme and plot of the biographical drama is jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring. Also, these women had to fight and struggle with many things through the sequence of events and came out on top. Their struggle is truly incredible and these ladies became role models for girls to come. This film will truly send a good message and encourage young ladies around the world to never give up.

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