Volunteer State Community College will screen “Hidden Figures tonight, Feb. 26 at 11:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Mary Cole Nicholas Dining Hall B in the Wood Campus Center. According to IMDb, the movie follows three female African American mathematicians working at NASA and the genius these three women brought to the table in one of most pivotal missions in the space race. The three women Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson crossed gender and racial barriers in their time proving themselves to be “human computers” and crucial figures in the space race.
Johnson, at an age of 101, passed away on Monday. “Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of color in the universal human quest to explore space,” a key NASA administrator commented.
The movie will be screened at 11:15 a.m. and again at 5:00 p.m. Refreshments are served and students are encouraged to attend. The office of Diversity and Inclusion stated, “Clearly, Johnson and many other unsung heroes of both the race to space and the Civil Rights movement are essential to our student’s global understanding of historical figures and events.”