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Established in 1958, NASA was birthed during a decade rife with racial tension, division and oppression of women.
But during the early days of the space program, resilient African-American women were breaking barriers—something actress Taraji P. Henson shows in Hidden Figures.
The new film, which also stars Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, focuses on the stories of three women — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — who worked for NASA during the agency’s formidable years. Most notable among the three is Johnson, a brilliant mathematician whose brilliant number crunching helped Nasa big time.
She is played by Henson.
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in this group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.
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