A group of friends and I went to watch Hidden Figures last week. (Thank you guys for responding to the invitation). I have no doubt in my mind that they were glad to join the awe-inspiring viewing. We started out with a lovely dinner, a meet-and-greet of sort for those who didn’t know each other, followed by the screening of the movie.
To be honest, I have no words. I have never felt such a vortex of emotion in one sitting.
I was angry, empowered, hopeful and tired all in a space of 2 hours and 7 minutes.
The movie has been aptly described as “The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.”
But it was more than that. It brought light to the severity of segregation, it hammered the hindrance of progress that superiority brings and it exposed the evil of racism and sexism to another degree.
The audience applauded when the women stood up to a fight that still graces us in the boardrooms, cockpits and other male dominated spaces, even today.
On a more positive note, the black family structure, father figures and living situations were painted in an aspirant, healthy way – something you never see on the small or big screen.
Hidden Figures is a must watch – for all races – to understand and see how we can ALL bring change to a society, with the stark remnants of a history that still plagues and stalls black people today.
You’ll enjoy the music too. Incredible soundtrack and album by the ever delightful, Pharrell Williams.