About 100 youth got a glimpse of what life was like for an African-American woman living in the early 1960s during the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s annual Black History Month excursion.
This year’s trip was to see the movie “Hidden Figures,” the previously untold story of three brilliant African-American women—Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson—who helped put astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The movie, which was nominated for three Oscars, depicted the race and gender issues these women had to face in order to be taken seriously not only by their employers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but also within their own community.
The inspirational true story had the youth in hot discussions on their way home from the Royal Gallery Place Stadium 14 Theater in Chinatown. They talked through themes such as the marginalization of women, race relations, and gender roles.
DCHA would like to thank Royal Gallery Place Stadium 14 Theater for hosting the DCHA families.