‘Hidden Figures’ Inspiration Katherine Johnson Will Deliver Hampton University Commencement Address in May

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NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson (photo via essence.com)

article by Danielle Kwateng-Clark via essence.com

Hampton University is welcoming a living legend for their 147th Commencement this May. The historically Black university announced that Katherine G. Johnson, the physicist and mathematician who worked for NASA and was an inspiration behind ‚ÄúHidden Figures,‚ÄĚ would join them as their commencement speaker this year.

As an African-American woman, job options were limited ‚ÄĒbut she was eventually hired as one of several female mathematicians for the agency that would become NASA,‚ÄĚ President Barack Obama said during her Presidential Medal of Freedom honor.

To read more, go to: Katherine Johnson Will Deliver Hampton University Commencement Address| Essence.com

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‘Hidden Figures’ Author Margot Lee Shetterly Signs Two-Book Deal with Viking

This is excellent! I’m very happy to see more of the underrepresented and little-known historical American figures getting the spotlight, for a change. It’s certainly long overdue.
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article by Sameer Rao via colorlines.com

Following the literary and film success¬†of¬†‚ÄúHidden Figures,‚Ä̬†author¬†Margot Lee¬†Shetterly¬†will turn her attention to two little-known but prominent Black families in Baltimore.¬†Viking Books¬†announced today (April 10) that it has acquired the rights to¬†Shetterly‚Äôs¬†next two books.

The first will focus on the mid 20th-century achievements of the Murphys, a publishing family, and the entrepreneurial Adams family. As described by PBS, formerly enslaved patriarch John Henry Murphy founded the The Afro-American newspaper and turned it, with his children, into one of the country’s most widely-read Black titles.

The paper tackled Jim Crow, the lack of Black¬†representation in Baltimore government and other racial justice issues throughout its existence. The¬†Murphys¬†used this influence to successfully advocate local change, including desegregating the University of Maryland‚Äės law school.

A 2011¬†Baltimore Sun¬†obituary for Adams family leader William ‚ÄúLittle Willie‚ÄĚ Adams notes that he and his schoolteacher-turned-politician‚Ķ

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‘Hidden Figures’ Tops ‘Rogue One,’ With $22.8M #1 Debut at Box Office

I saw Lovings last year, and plan on seeing this movie soon! Definitely looks worthy.
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article by Scott Mendelson viaforbes.com

With the always present caveat that ‚Äúrank doesn‚Äôt matter,‚ÄĚ it turns out that Hidden Figures was the top movie of the weekend, not Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As you probably know, the weekend box office that everyone reports on Sunday is comprised of estimates and when the rankings are close the order can sometimes shift when the final numbers drop. So yeah, Hidden Figures¬†earned a terrific $22.8 million, about $1m more than estimated, which is a sign that the film is building on its buzz and word-of-mouth.

Meanwhile, Rogue One had to settle for a $22m fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $477.3m. The story though, isn’t necessarily that Hidden Figures, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons and Kevin Costner, bested the fourth…

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NASA Chief Charles Bolden Celebrates Influence of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson in Vanity Fair

This is an awesome article about an amazing woman.
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katherine-johnson Katherine Johnson, photographed at Fort Monroe, in Hampton, Virginia. (Photograph by Annie Leibovitz)

article by Charles Bolden via vanityfair.com

When I was growing up, in segregated South Carolina, African-American role models in national life were few and far between. Later, when my fellow flight students and I, in training at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi, clustered around a small television watching the Apollo 11 moon landing, little did I know that one of the key figures responsible for its success was an unassuming black woman from West Virginia: Katherine Johnson.

Hidden Figures is both an upcoming book and an upcoming movie about her incredible life, and, as the title suggests, Katherine worked behind the scenes but with incredible impact. When Katherine began at NASA, she and her cohorts were known as ‚Äúhuman computers,‚ÄĚ and if you talk to her or read quotes from throughout her long career‚Ķ

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