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Radar Recommends: “Hidden Figures”

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If one wants to observe a portion of the history of African-American women during the 1960’s , then this film is mandatory for students of true history.  These three brilliant women made remarkable contributions to NASA’s space program, but they also paid the price of not only being women in a field which women were routinely kept out, but the double whammy of also being African-American women who were also smart. They were slighted, insulted,and even ignored, but their brilliance, like cream rising to the top, made their participation  and presence, required and unmatched. But yet, history tried to ‘hide‘ them.

During that time, women were forced to wear ‘costumes’ which addressed dress length, (no pants), jewelry, etc.  And in those days, women went along with it – because, after all, what choice did they have?  But it was far worse for the African-American women, for, due to the Jim Crow laws in effect, they could not even use the same facilities as the White women. And, unfortunately, many girls, of all races, were disabused of any desire to pursue a vocation which required intense mathematical skills.

MaImage result for Who are the women portrayed in hidden figuresry Jackson ,Katherine Johnson, and  Dorothy Vaughan were hired as ‘human computers’ and pre-dated actual computers, with the first computer being the huge IBM ‘machine’. Katherine Johnson, a childhood mathematical genius, successfully calculated the difficult trajectory calculations which contributed to launching a man into space and returning him safely back to earth. Mary Jackson was an engineer for the space program, who had to fight for the job  and its title, even though she was doing the work. Dorothy Vaughan, also a brilliant mathematician,  hired as a human computer, eventually mastered IBM and programming it, and became a computer programming expert, as well as supervising the NASA computer unit.

In November 2015, Johnson was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. The following Image result for Who are the women portrayed in hidden figuresMay, NASA opened the new $30 million, 40,000-square-foot Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility at Langley.             Related image

These women are heroes and role models for all the young girls out there who choose to work in fields which require mathematical skills, and, for women of color, who can be assured that their skill will speak for them.  The women are  excellently presented in this film, and their story will give you chills and you will find yourself cheering for them, yet also crying with them, but ultimately, celebrating their victories.

https://www.biography.com/people/dorothy-johnson-vaughan-111416

https://www.biography.com/people/mary-winston-jackson-120616

https://www.biography.com/people/katherine-g-johnson-101016

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https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/computational-facility-named-in-tribute-to-nasa-langley-math-master-katherine-johnson

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Prince’s Paisley Park Must Be Designated As A National Historic Landmark

Prince Paisley Park

Prince’s Paisley Park

 

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Prince performing at Paisley Park

The building and structure in which Prince Rogers Nelson, lived,worked and performed deserves preservation as a National Historic Landmark, and it sufficiently meets the criteria with Prince having been a person of extraordinary significance, and the building and structure is directly associated with him. He named it Paisley Park and not only was it his home and where he worked and created, but he also built a performance stage and routinely entertained there. And, that is also where he rehearsed so tirelessly  to be able to present the fabulous and flawless shows for which received critical praise and acclaim. He named it ‘Paisley Park’.

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Flyer for Paisley Park Event

 

Being designated as a National Historic Landmark will protect and preserve it, and will also ensure that the property will be available for generations to come. And not just for the fans he has now, but the ones he will surely have in the future. His significance a gifted and prolific artist qualifies it to be so designated. Paisley Park is automatically associated with Prince.

Prince performing at Paisley Park

Prince performing at his beloved Paisley Park

The title of this article uses the word “must” and not “should” simply because ‘should’ is not within the equation. For historical reasons, the legacy of Prince and his Paisley Park, must be preserved for posterity. His legacy demands it.

Please take a moment and sign the petitions which are pending:

1) on Change.org   https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-designate-prince-rogers-nelson-s-paisley-park-as-a-national-historic-landmark

2) on the White House website petition page https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/petition-nominate-paisley-park-residence-and-studio-prince-rogers-nelson-national-historic-landmark

Then tweet the link to others using the hashtag #savepaisleypark. Thank you.

 

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