Hidden Figures comes out today. I haven’t seen it, but I fully expect it to become my new favorite movie. I have a ticket for 4:15 this afternoon. It was the soonest I could possibly make it.
The bite sized version is this: You know John Glenn because he’s a famous hero – I certainly don’t want to discount his achievement as being the first American to circle the globe in space, but he was only able to do it because of KATHERINE JOHNSON AND THE BLACK FEMALE COMPUTERS AT NASA.
You should learn about them. Then you should talk to your students about them so they can also learn about them. You should read this book.
Here are some resources to help you learn more about this if you don’t have time for the book. Also, go see the movie.
NASA Resources h/t Norma Gordon
About Dorothy Vaughan
About Mary Jackson
Have more good sources? Add them in the comments and I’ll link them here.