The Black women who were indispensable to NASA's space flights.
Plainfield residents of all ages are invited to a free screening of "Hidden Figures", the recently released film based on the true story of three African American women whose contributions were crucial to the successful launching of astronaut John Glenn into space.
The women, Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)- were three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history.
Nominated for a slew of awards, including three Oscars (Best Picture, Best adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor -- for Spencer) and two Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actor -- for Spencer, and Best Original Score).
The movie is especially timely for Plainfield as we are in the midst of a discussion on how to improve chances for success for our young people.
The showing is being made possible by Plainfield Now, in partnership with the City of Plainfield and the Plainfield Board of Education.
The screening is set for Saturday, April 1, at Noon at the Westry Horne Auditorium of Plainfield High School. Doors open at 11:30 AM.
The PHS Auditorium is at the corner of Park and Stelle Avenues, with parking in the high school lots and on the street.
-- Dan Damon [follow]