‘Hidden figures’ inspires

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 08 March 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
‘Hidden figures’ inspires

In celebration of the Black Month, the USA Ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller hosted a movie viewing session for media and other dignitaries for a movie – Hidden Figures. The uplifting movie is about the three African American women Mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space programme. Miller said that the movie is to empower and at the same time celebrate the milestones that African Americans have gone through and the role that they played in creating the great America and unifying her making her a home for everyone. He said that the three ladies have even been recognised for their contribution with the 98-year-old Katherine Johnson having received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Others Dorothy Vaughan passed away in 2008 while Mary Jackson passed away in 2005. The movie stars Taraji P. Henson as Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Vaughan and Janelle Monae as Jackson. The story explores the three ladies who survived despite being in the discriminatory white community where they were used as computers. They had issues that they were dealing with in regard to their families and having to juggle their demanding jobs and the family life, but they eventually proved that they are more intelligent than their fellow whites who just used them as their computers without crediting them. The women later proved that without them nothing can be done and as such the whites were left with no option but to break the barriers and include them. They would no more have separate toilets or be excluded from meetings. Lisa Rampholo said after watching the film that she was inspired by its message and wished many black young girls can watch the movie to understand that blacks are geniuses. She said they should be able to understand that they can do whatever that they put their minds to and eventually succeed. “What shows that the movie was great was the fact that people kept on wanting to applaud, which showed that it was not a movie to many but reality replayed, and you hardly see that in a movie where people find themselves clapping hands,” she said.