Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures is about a group of black women “computers” who worked for NASA (and its predecessor NACA) at Langley in Virginia. It’s an amazing story of people – black, white, men, women – all working together, using their brains, and ultimately putting a man on the moon. The black women started working there during World War II and while many were working in integrated groups, tables at lunch, bathrooms, and their kids’ schools were segregated. Even once segregation behind the Langley gate ended, Virginia still clung desperately to segregation. The book weaves together the Civil Rights Movement with the achievements of these incredible mathematicians and scientists. It’s a must read excellent book!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 31
Pages Read in 2017: 9135
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