Who doesn’t love to send the kids to the sitter & cuddle with the honey on a weekend date night?
When the Hidden Figures trailer first came out, I thought it would be a great date night or girls night out event. As the opening night for Hidden Figures came closer, the more my daughter expressed an interest in seeing this film.
I started noticing a trend with my Facebook friends, as more families were seeing this together. We decided to take our children to see the film and I’m so glad we did.
Hidden Figures is about a team of African-American women who provided NASA with important & necessary mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions in the early 1960s.
Hidden Figures has so many lessons, for my children to be able to see for themselves. Therefore, if they had any questions, we were there to talk about it after the movie. This movie stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, as Katherine Jackson, Dorothy Vaughn & Mary Jackson. I loved the fact this movie has so many moving parts. It was not only about the women, but showed the story from many different perspectives.
In the end, everyone wanted what was best for America and worked towards a common goal.
Here are 5 Reasons Why it’s not a Date Night Movie but a Family Outing! My Children Needed to See:
1. It’s ok to be first: There was a scene where Mary Jackson shares with a judge, the importance of being the first as she tries to attend an all white school to get a certification. She could have easily said to herself that the school is an all white school and allowed her dream to be delayed for years. I love that not only was she not content with her position at Nasa, but she went to court to fight for a right to be educated. Mary Jackson eventually became NASA’s first African American engineer.
2. It’s Perfectly Fine to Fight for What You Want: Octavia Spencers character, Dorothy Vaughn was a visionary. She sensed that the IBM computers were coming and could replace her entire team. I love that she took initiative to learn the machine on her own & when they looked for a person to run the division – she was ready. She became NASA’s first African American supervisor over both blacks & whites.
3. Sisterhood Matters: During this movie, you always see these ladies sticking together. Although, they all worked at NASA, they are individually great in their own way. They made an amazing team. They came to the aid of each other, which shows when we support one another we go higher together.
4. Be Unapologetically Great: Katherine Johnson was gifted from birth. She was even able to compute numbers more effectively than the IBM computers. There were times when her immediate superior didn’t want to acknowledge or give her credit. She decided to be great anyway. When you are great at what you do or who you are, no one can dim your light.
5. Be the Change: Kevin Costner played Al Harrison, the NASA bigwig. In the movie, Katherine didn’t have a colored bathroom and had to run about a half a mile daily (multiple times) to relieve herself. Al Harrison, found out about the discrimination and changed the rules for the entire organization. He said, “No more colored bathrooms. There are just bathrooms!” He did not wait for approval or have a meeting? He changed the rules on the spot.
I promise this movie delivers on all of the emotions you could possibly feel; anger, joy, triumph, and fear. It angers me that I never knew this story, but I understand given the history of America, there are so many other hidden figures.
I didn’t get the title of the movie until it was half way over. Dorothy Vaughn was walking her team into their new position and I thought, We would most likely never know the names of these women who help shape history. They were already hidden in a different building, not to be seen or heard, but definitely needed.
My heart immediately felt pain for the other hidden figures that we may never read about.
This movie deserves two thumbs up and every award it’s nominated for. My children shared their own lessons with me on our way home from the movie. They enjoyed it and had a few moments where they needed somethings explain (racist things).
Have you seen Hidden Figures? What are you lessons?