‘Hidden Figures’ Inspiration, Dr. Christine Darden, to Be Honored in the Capitol

by December 11, 2019

Informal portrait of NASA engineer Christine M. Darden. Darden is posed holding a wind tunnel model of a proposed aircraft while kneeling inside the test section of a wind tunnel at the NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. (Photo: National Aeronatics and Space Administration [NASA] / Wikimedia Commons)

Dr. Christine Darden, inspiration for “Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space”, author Margot Lee Shetterly, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to celebrate passage of legislation to honor women mathematicians and engineers who contributed to the success of NASA during the Space Race.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, hosting the reception, encouraged and supported Ms. Shetterly to write the book that led to the 2016 movie.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, December 9, at 5 p.m., Dr. Christine Darden, Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former NASA mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer, ‘Hidden Figures’ author Margot Lee Shetterly, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), and U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) will headline a reception, hosted by the Sloan Foundation, in recognition of the women mathematicians and engineers who contributed to the success of NASA and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics during the Space Race.

The reception will celebrate the passage of bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senator Coons and Representative Johnson, along with U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and U.S. Representative Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), that will award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The bill will also award a fifth Congressional Gold Medal to honor all women who contributed to NASA during the Space Race.

WHO: Dr. Christine Darden, Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former NASA mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer

Margot Lee Shetterly, author, Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space

Donna Gigliotti, producer, Hidden Figures

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.)

U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)

Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics

WHAT: A Congressional Gold Medal Celebration: Honoring NASA women who inspired ‘Hidden Figures’

WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2019, 5-7 pm

WHERE: Capitol Visitors Center Room SVC 201-00

RSVP: To attend the event, please RSVP here


Excerpt:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, December 9, at 5 p.m., Dr. Christine Darden, Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former NASA mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer, ‘Hidden Figures’ author Margot Lee Shetterly, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), and U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) will headline a reception, hosted by the Sloan Foundation, in recognition of the women mathematicians and engineers who contributed to the success of NASA and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics during the Space Race. 

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