AT&T Sponsors Black Girl Magic X Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, thousands of young black girls went to see Hidden Figures in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Oakland, courtesy of AT&T. AT&T provided free screenings to middle school and high school students--an initiative in support of the community and STEM education. AT&T committed $25,000 to rent buses and theaters for the young women to see the film. Students received a talk-back with tech experts, policy makers, and other black women executives from AT&T and during a viewing in Atlanta, singer and featured actress, Janelle Monae surprised the girls and offered encouraging sentiments.
Hidden Figures tells the true story of Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson-3 black women working as mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race of the 1960s. Against the backdrop of civil rights, these women were critical in the mission that launched astronaut John Glenn into space.
Highlighting stories like Hidden Figures is extremely important in the development of the next generation of Black women in tech. This movie reiterates the notion that black women have and will continue to be a part these important spaces in history. AT&T continues to celebrate women and young women of color in tech by honoring and supporting other groups such as Girls Who Code, Step Up Women's Network, and Black Girls Code.
The box office smash hit and Oscar-nominated film, features Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer.
Rachel DuBose is Chicago-based playwright returning to the area by way of Atlanta, GA. After finishing her undergraduate career at Spelman College, Rachel went on to work with NinaHoliday Productions and BET. Some of her work, Eve Within and Alkie's Anonymous have received stage readings at Spelman with the latter being showcased at The Alliance Theatre during Spelman Salon. Most recently, Lonely Hearts participated in The Fade 2 Black Festival in Houston, TX. Rachel holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. Rachel is also a resident playwright at Mercy Street Theatre Company and a regular contributor for Black Girl Fly Magazine.