You are invited to join West Kentucky Community & Technical College (WKCTC) at Maiden Alley Cinema (MAC) on Thursday, February 15 to see the Oscar nominated movie Hidden Figures. The movie reveals the incredible story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. These three brilliant African-American women worked at NASA during the 1960’s “space race”. Their mathematical and engineering skills proved critical to one of the greatest achievements in history: the launch of astronaut John Glen into orbit.
The movie portrays the lives of these three black women and their coworkers at NASA in a time when there were still ‘colored only restrooms’ and, colored only sections in the local library. There had not yet been a black female engineer accepted into a university program, or a black supervisor at NASA. The movie is a poignant reminder of what life must have been like for African Americans before the US embraced diversity.
A free reception at MAC, located at 112 Maiden Alley in Paducah, will be held from 5:15-5:45 pm with the film beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $7.75 for adults, $5.75 for senior citizens and $5.25 for children and students. The event is sponsored by the WKCTC Diversity and Inclusion Office.
For more information about the movie, contact Chevene Duncan-Herring, WKCTC diversity and inclusion director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270.534.3209.
Hidden Figures is a American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly and tells the story of black female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race.
The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features Octavia Spencer as NASA supervisor Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as NASA engineer Mary Jackson, with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.
Hidden Figures had a limited release in December 2016, by 20th Century Fox, before being shown across US. The film received positive reviews from critics and was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2016. It was nominated for numerous awards and also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has been recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 10 Community College each of the four times the Prize has been awarded by the Aspen Institute and has twice been named a Finalist With Distinction for providing students with strong job training and continuing higher education opportunity, for achieving high completion and transfer rates, and for providing strong employment results for its graduates.