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February 22, 2017

Excerpt courtesy BBC Radio 4

"Hidden Figures, the film, has been nominated for three awards at the Oscars and has been a box office hit in the US. It tells the little-known story of a group of African American women and their contribution to the space race in the 50s an...

February 22, 2017

 Excerpt courtesy BBC

"The Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures tells the story of African-American women whose maths skills helped put a US astronaut into orbit in the 1960s. But the history of black women working for Nasa goes back much further - and they were still st...

February 21, 2017

Excerpt courtesy the Vikings

"Hear from Macalester College Professor Duchess Harris, who talked after a screening of "Hidden Figures," as part of the Vikings Celebrate Perseverance Black History Month series."

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February 18, 2017

Excerpt courtesy Black Market Reads

"Duchess Harris's grandmother was one of a small group of black women who worked as human computers for NASA in the 1950s, and who have largely been left out space-race narratives--until now. In this episode, Harris sits down with hos...

February 17, 2017

Excerpt courtesy Carpe Diem with Jasmine

"An in-depth conversation with Professor Duchess Harris, Chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College, co-author of “Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA” and granddaughter of NASA human computer, Mir...

February 11, 2017

Excerpt courtesy KARE 11

"Even before the Oscar nomination, it was clear audiences loved "Hidden Figures."But did you know a Minnesotan's grandmother was right among those historic women?The movie, based on a true story, is about African-American women who were behind s...

February 10, 2017

Excerpt courtesy of Gizmodo

"First, it beat Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, for the second weekend since its wide-release debut, Hidden Figures—the true story of three black female mathematicians at NASA—is number one at the box office. It’s raked in roughly $6o million so f...

February 8, 2017

Excerpt courtesy Roseville Library

"CTV North Suburbs in partnership with the Roseville Library is recording a variety of presentations about important topics such as Alzheimers, Dementia, RainGardens, Elections, History and more. "Hidden Human Computers: The Black Wome...

February 7, 2017

Excerpt courtesy BBC Radio 4

"Engineering Week and Black History Month, both coming up in February, rarely focus on the achievements of women of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. However, a new movie featuring the events around the first...

February 2, 2017

Excerpt from Black Perspectives

Here is a list of recent books written by black women scholars. This list is the second installment of #TheHistorySoundtable list on AAIHS by Sowande’ Mustakeem and Keisha N. Blain. The books on this reading list shed light on how black w...

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