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Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Mone) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
In Hidden Figures, the coffee pot is a heartbreakingly poignant symbol of discrimination against African Americans and women during the 1960’s. Katherine’s stoic strength, determination, and grace empowered her to soar despite the circumstances.
Harrison confronts Katherine about her “breaks,” unaware that she is forced to walk a half-mile (800 meters) to use the nearest colored people’s bathroom.
The main message of this film is to never give up on your dreams, even when people tell you that you can’t. The three woman look beyond their gender and their skin color. They look at the talents they have. One example of this is when Katherine Johnson is talking to Jim Johnson.