NASA’s black female mathematicians hit the big screen

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: During the era of US racial segregation, a handful of black female mathematicians managed to break social barriers and propel the US space agency to new heights – and soon their story will be a major motion picture. This remarkable story has been told in the book “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly, which was published in September. The movie comes out in January, starring Taraji Henson — known for her role in the TV series “Empire” and for her Oscar nomination in the 2008 film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” — and Octavia Spencer, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2011 film “The Help.” Some of the female mathematicians worked with the author’s father, an engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, a southern US state where racial segregation was the norm.

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