Three powerful African American women cover the poster for a box office smash. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, yet in 2017 this has never before been done.
Hidden Figures tells the story of three black women – all graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS) – who helped America in its journey to discover space. This groundbreaking film is based on the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, respectively.
Set in the 1960’s, the film shares the experiences the life of their valuable contributions to America’s early space program all amidst the backdrop of sexism, classism, and racism.
What is especially telling is that the movie isn’t just about problems of the past, but also serves as a peek into present. Unfortunately, as the story unfolds, viewers can’t help but see the parallels that African American women still experience due to underrepresentation.
The movie has received a great amount of attention since it’s initial release on January 7th. Hidden Figures has continuously been one of the top two movies in the box office, making over $60 million so far.
Hidden Figures is currently playing in movie theaters across the nation. If you haven’t checked it out, you should!