Generally when we hear about the Space Race and astronauts, we hear about Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin, Buzz Aldrin etc. No one ever hears about the phenomenal black women who have contributed to advances in space and science. Variety reports that Fox 2000 is gearing up for ‘Hidden Figures,’ an upcoming film about African American engineers who made the moon landing happen while confronting segregation in the United States.
This film is based on the adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
Taraji P. Henson has been cast to play mathematics genius Katherine Johnson. Johnson is physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to America’s aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. She is known for calculating the trajectory for the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon.
This film tells the untold true story of the African American women mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith and Barbara Holley, who worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era. The story will revolve around these brilliant African-American women who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history, the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 and became the first American to orbit the Earth.
Mark your calendars! This film will be released January 2017 (MLK weekend).
This is the type of history that rarely gets media attention. Check out the fascinating blog for Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of ‘Hidden Figures‘ HERE