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Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a private screening of ‘Hidden Figures’ at The White House. The film tells the story of three African-American women who provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful mission.
“We sought out the very best minds in math and engineering at the time, people with diverse perspectives who could think in ways that no one had ever thought before — people like many of you in this room, the people like Katherine Johnson, and Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan,” she said, naming the NASA employees Hidden Figures was based on.
Hidden Figures will premiere in select theaters on December 25th and nationwide January 6th. The cast live tweeted the event last night. Check out some of the photos below.
#HiddenFigures? is at the @WhiteHouse! Follow along for LIVE coverage as @MichelleObama hosts cast & filmmakers @ a #WhiteHouse screening! pic.twitter.com/MvydkVJVQ0— Hidden Figures (@HiddenFigures) December 15, 2016
@HiddenFigures @WhiteHouse screening @TherealTaraji @octaviaspencer @JanelleMonae @modernwest pic.twitter.com/ghMtnby6YY
— Theodore Melfi (@theodoremelfi) December 15, 2016
— Hidden Figures (@HiddenFigures) December 15, 2016
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