Hidden Figures is a movie that takes place in 1961. Based around the great space race with the Russians and the many African American women behind the scenes that played a huge roll in putting John Glenn around the world and eventually on the moon. It was a time where Americans worked hard, not for the money but for the glory of saying we did it first. Our president John F Kennedy made one of his famous speeches stating we choose to go to the moon. That was the great space race.
The 3 main women in the movie are based on true people and true events. Katharine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. It was a time where women’s rights were very different from today and where African Americans were called blacks and segregated from whites. Different bathrooms, drink fountains, and different office buildings were just a few things African Americans went through. The story shows how people, particularly African American Women worked just as hard and contributed maybe even more then their white counterparts despite being paid less then whites with little or no recognition of their efforts in any matter. This was a time where people black or white did not hold their hand out looking for freebies.
They were not trying to get redemption for relatives long past. They were standing up for who they were and for the work they were doing on making America great. The 3 women in real life perhaps put in more time and effort than anyone else at NASA and were a huge part of putting a man around the Earth and landing on the moon. They fought through diversity and trying times, and along with some help from NASA officials, put the ball in motion for equal rights, and for the rights to claim the first man on the moon. Our world has changed dramatically in the past 50 years. Not only on a social scale but on a technology scale as well. The world is meshing and we have made it to the moon, and the next step is a man on Mars.
This is one of the best movies I have seen in quite some time, and having visited the Kennedy Space Station at Cape Canaveral a couple of times and toured the facility, this movie really brings a new appreciation to the space program and the many people involved in the evolution of it. It is a sight if you have never been there and are thinking of it. The history, the rockets, the Atlantis and all the other cool stuff there never ceases to amaze me. So check out the movie and book a trip the NASA if you have never been there.
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