Black History Facts: A Hidden Figures Review

I had to share this, not just because it’s time credit was
given where it was due (long overdue), but because it’s part of history and the very nature of history is it can’t be changed!

HiddenFigures-Black women in history
Human Calculators

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

Critic reviews

There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff Full review A. O. Scott The NYTimes.

Hidden Figures is the rare true story-based historical drama that succeeds at being as inspirational and feel-good as it aspires to be – Full review Sandy Schaefer Screen Rant

Still, the film hews closely to the facts in important respects, and evokes the outrages of the Jim Crow era, as well as the feverish competition of the space race – Full review Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

“Hidden Figures” is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts – Full review
Peter Debruge Variety

Far from a dry scientific tutorial or historical treatise, “Hidden Figures” is a warm, lively, often funny depiction of women whose brains and work ethic were indefatigable – Full review Ann Hornaday Washington Post

Henson, Spencer, and Monáe’s stellar performances propel this feel-good biographical drama that teaches audiences about a little-known aspect of NASA’s history – Full review Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media

Lack of surprise is in this movie’s bones – Full review Jesse Hassenger
A.V. Club

The three friends are smart, hardworking, ambitious. So why can’t they get into grad school, get ahead at work, get taken seriously? Full review
Stephen Whitty New York Daily News

Hidden Figures inspires as it entertains. It acknowledges racial divisions while insisting that there’s more than one way to fix them. And while it can be crass, its heart is good. Full review Paul Asay Plugged In

Now, going back to the video clip above, a lot of us didn’t know about black women’s immense contribution to history. Did you?

Watch the clip above to learn some more amazing facts about black women’s contribution to science and the world at large. It’s time to shout out and be proud – we’re all unique in God’s eyes and it’s time this is recognised!

Spread the word, share this post and let history be accurately told and compiled, ‘Black Women’ were major contributors to history and “…This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes….Ps 118:23

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