'Hidden Figures' gets free screenings in major cities for 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.
It's great that companies like AT&T continue to honor Black History Month and know the importance of its legacy to give to the next generation.