The cast of Hidden Figures came down from the stars to discuss education excellence at the White House.
As part of the “Hidden Figures in Space Exploration” summit, the movie’s director Ted Melfi, producer Mimi Valdes, and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner joined First Lady Michelle Obama for a private screening and post-viewing discussion on their 1960s-set drama.
According to Melfi’s tweet after the screening, the First Lady gave the film a “5-star review!” Mrs. Obama also delivered a speech on behalf of young girls in the education system, citing the real-life women portrayed in the film as inspiration for education.
Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s nonfiction book, the story follows three black female mathematicians — Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — who worked in the segregated West Area Computers division of NASA’s Langley Research Center. Defying the racial stereotypes and low glass ceiling placed before them, the trio helped NASA catch up in the space race.
See tweets and pictures from the screening below.