Hidden Figures: The American Dream & The Untold Story...
|Author||Shetterly, Margot Lee|
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of Americaâ€™s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starringTaraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as â€śhuman computersâ€ť used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the Southâ€™s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when Americaâ€™s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Samâ€™s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.Even as Virginiaâ€™s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langleyâ€™s all-black â€śWest Computingâ€ť group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race,Hidden Figuresfollows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASAâ€™s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their countryâ€™s future.