Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Book - 2018
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Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes. Includes biographies on Dorothy Jackson Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Colman Goble Johnson (1918-), Dr. Christine Mann Darden (1942-).
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062742469
Branch Call Number: 510.92 Le
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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Four determined, brilliant African American women overcome workplace discrimination at NASA to help launch America into the age of aviation.

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Aug 20, 2018

From author Margot Lee Shetterly comes a kid-friendly version of her famous book about the insanely intelligent women who worked for NASA as "computers." This beautifully illustrated non-fiction title reads like a picture book, and would be perfect as a read-aloud for middle grade students. These persistent women overcame many obstacles to succeed, and coincidentally, all four were high school math teachers at some point in their careers.

JCLBeckyC Feb 15, 2018

Who said picture books are just for little kids? I learned from this book that Dorothy Johnson Vaughan, who taught herself FORTRAN and became NASA's first African-American supervisor, was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Hand this book to kids looking for a local, inspirational heroine, or anyone interested in space exploration.


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