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 and 60s. We explore the history of how these women were recruited by Nasa and put to work on complex mathematical tasks – at a time when African Americans and women were far less likely to be employed in such job
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 struggling to get the best jobs in the 1970s." >> Read the full article on the BBC Magazine website!
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." >> Watch the video now!
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 host Lissa Jones to discuss her research on the subject, as well as her personal connection to it, and the importance of exposing these hidden narratives to mainstream historical consciousness. Duchess Harris, JD
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, Miriam Daniel Mann. Professor Harris provides contextual background and history on the black women that became hidden figures as they served as human computers for NASA." >> Listen to the podcast now!
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 some of NASA's first successful space missions. The women were mathematicians, double-checking the male engineers' work.One of the women, not portrayed in the movie, was Miriam Mann.Her granddaughter, Macalester
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 far, and counting.The inspiring story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan has reenergized the ongoing conversation about the importance of inclusivity in STEM. Though we’ve long done away wit
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 Women of NASA" as presented by Duchess Harris at the Roseville Public Library on January 19th, 2017. Duchess discusses her research and history behind the Black Women of NASA, along with the newly released move cal
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 flight of the late astronaut U.S. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio ensures that at least three of these women are no longer “hidden” from history." >> Read the full article!
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 women scholars are shaping and defining the fields of United States history, African history, and African Diaspora History... >> Read the full story!