Hidden Figures

Posted on January 6, 2017


Hidden Figures – In the early 60’s at the height of the space race, just prior to transitioning to IBM mainframes, NASA used human computers to calculate trajectory and all that mathmatical stuff needed to get astronauts off the ground. Way in the background were three brilliant black women Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) who were instrumental in making it all possible.

Johnson has an amazing mind yet has to run a half mile one way in heels to use the colored bathroom. Colleagues and rocket scientists like Paul Stafford (Jim Parsons)- The Big Bang Theory) treat her terribly. Not only is she a woman, but she’s a black one to boot. You so want her to put him in his place. Vaughan is trying to stay ahead of the game by learning how to program the new computers. Jackson is one sassy girl and becomes the first black woman to attend an all white engineering school.

A tremendously enjoyable and informative movie. There’s a lot of history, a lot funny and a really intense scene when it looks like John Glenn (Glen Powell) is going to fry. Kevin Costner is perfect as the leader of the task force. Ms. Spencer can say so much with a roll of her eyes and an “Um hmm.”

I feel certain all three of these main ladies will be up for awards. This is based on true events and I’m willing to bet there are lots more stories like this where women, black or white, have not been given credit for some major accomplishments.