2000 steps. 120 miles. 5 honorary degrees. 4 great-grandchildren. These are some of the numbers that have defined Katherine Johnson’s legacy. And today is her 98th birthday.
Katherine Johnson played by Taraji P. Henson in 20th Century Fox’s highly anticipated new film, HIDDEN FIGURES, is the real life mathematician, physicist and space scientist who the film is based on and the woman who profoundly contributed to the United States aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA.
HIDDEN FIGURES in theaters this January.
To honor this remarkable woman on Women’s Equality Day, Fox will be making a donation to STEM EDUCATION for every share of the video on 8/26.
Director: Theodore Melfi
Producer: Donna Gigliotti, Kevin Halloran, Mimi Valdes
Writers: Allison Schroeder, Margot Lee Shetterly
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, Ariana Neal, Maria Howell, Jaiden Kaine, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Scott Michael Morgan, Lidya Jewett, Alkoya Brunson, Saniyaa Sidney.
Synopsis: HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.