Did you guys know this? Several African American women mathematicians played pivotal roles in the NASA space race of the 1950s-60s. Well, this story will be detailed in the new movie Hidden Figures, which follows the tale of Katherine Johnson, an African American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician. Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, the film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. The book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by author Margot Lee Shetterly will be released September 2016. The movie is expected to release Christmas Day 2016.
About Nina Hemphill Reeder
Nina Reeder is the assistant editor at BMWK. Reeder is a professional journalist, who has contributed for publications and outlets, such as Ebony magazine, AOL.com, Marriott Hotels and more. She has also worked as the senior editor at Upscale magazine, a national lifestyle/entertainment magazine.
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