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Thu Jun 13, 2019, 02:04 AM

Hidden Figures Way: Nasa renames street to honor black female mathematicians

Hidden Figures Way: Nasa renames street to honor black female mathematicians
Headquarters street renamed for pioneering African American mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson

David Smith in Washington

@smithinamerica
Wed 12 Jun 2019 14.02 EDT

Nasa, the US space agency, has renamed the street in front of its headquarters Hidden Figures Way, honouring the black female mathematicians who defied racial segregation to play a crucial part in its most celebrated missions.

The designation honours African American mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, featured in the 2016 book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and the subsequent film directed by Theodore Melfi.

Shetterly joined members of each woman’s family on Wednesday along with Ted Cruz, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on aviation and space, Jim Bridenstine, the Nasa administrator and Christine Darden, one of Nasa’s human “computers” during the Apollo era. New street signs were unveiled outside the Nasa offices on E Street in Washington.

Nasa is preparing to celebrate next month’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and first moon landing. All 12 people who walked on the moon were white American men.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/12/nasa-hidden-figures-street-renamed-black-female-mathematicians

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Judi Lynn Jun 13 OP
democratisphere Jun 13 #1
lunamagica Jun 13 #2
Rebl2 Jun 13 #3
elleng Jun 13 #4
MicaelS Jun 13 #7
Demon Dem Jun 13 #5
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 02:21 AM

1. Great tribute to exceptional and accomplished blsck woman.

Love it!

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Thu Jun 13, 2019, 03:21 AM

2. About time!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 09:26 AM

3. Would like

to see them go one step further and actually use these women’s names on other streets in the large NASA complex.

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Response to Rebl2 (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 10:40 AM

4. Yes

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Response to Rebl2 (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 04:18 PM

7. Given the fact ...

there were many more than just three AA female computers, it might be seen as slighting the others.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 12:09 PM

5. Bravo!

 

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Thu Jun 13, 2019, 03:57 PM

6. Love it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 04:59 PM

8. They're honoring a Hollywood movie, not 3 brilliant black women

Name the street after the women. Or better yet, name 3 streets after 3 women.
Then I'll believe it.

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