Hidden Figures

COMMENTARY: Your Obituary Goes Right Here! “Quit Playin”

We get syrupy about “Hidden Figures” from all over and know little about the heroes and sheroes who grew up in our own back yard. Mrs. French L. Cowens was born French L. Jackson to Willie Mae and Willis Jackson in Gladewater, Texas. She grew up in old North Central Dallas.

George Mason Names Building for ‘Hidden Figures’ Scientist

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — George Mason University is naming a science and technology building in honor of the one of the NASA mathematicians whose story was told in the motion picture “Hidden Figures.” The school announced Tuesday that the building on its Manassas campus will now be known as Katherine G. Johnson Hall. Johnson, who is now 100, worked at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton. She was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in “Hidden Figures,” which documented the contributions of her and two other African-American women while overcoming racism and sexism. Johnson and others performed the complex mathematical equations

Photo of the Day: Real Life ‘Hidden Figure’ Katherine Johnson Turns 100, Honored with Statue

NSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University has honored NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday. Six of Johnson’s grandchildren revealed the statue during a ceremony Saturday on the West Virginia State campus in Institute. The university also awarded a scholarship in Johnson’s name to two students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math. Johnson turned 100 on Sunday. She graduated from the school in 1937 at age 18 with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French. Johnson and three other women crunched numbers at the NASA Langley Research