Hidden Figures was peak #BlackGirlMagic
Saturday night, I saw Hidden Figures with my best friend and based on the outpouring of reviews that came flooding my social media timelines the day before with nothing but positive notes, I expected a stellar production that made me proud, happy, and honored to be a black woman. And it did not disappoint one bit!
The movie, which dropped last Friday (7 January), is the untold story of three black women that worked in the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center, who helped NASA catch up in the Space Race.
The movie played by Taraji P Henson as Katherine Johnson, the mathematics genius that helped to set John Glenn as the first American astronaut to completely orbit Earth, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn, who became the first African American woman to become the head of personnel of NACA (later renamed NASA), and Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, a mathematician and aeronautical engineer at NASA, was a powerfully inspiring movie that kept me enticed, captivated, and engaged bit by bit and scene by scene. In fact, after I got home from the movies, I stayed up for a few hours learning more about these women online! I was intrigued and extremely inspired. These women were amazing!
I loved this movie so much and one question I kept asking myself was, “why would they hide these women and keep their names hidden?” Sure enough, racism is alive and well but just as we have learned of the greats of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, and other African American greats of our time), it is proven over and over how the names and work of black women can go unnoticed and hidden for decades. Sure enough, Hidden Figures is based on the novel of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, but I can’t help but wonder—how many more great African American women are there that made HUGE contributions to the fabric of American history whose stories have yet to be told and put into the limelight?
I am immensely proud that this movie was done. I am glad that their stories were told, written about, and even formed into a huge box office hit. It is so important that we embrace the black women that make up our American culture and that are steady contributing to the fabric of our world. I am looking forward to learning of more stories of our hidden figures because I am sure there are more.
I am so inspired. I have so much work to do…..