We meet Dorothy Vaughan, played by Octavia Spencer. She is acting Supervisor of the Colored Computer division. She was not deemed worthy of the actual title because she was black. Tataji P. Henson plays Katherine Jackson, widowed mother of three girls. She is the mathematical genius, and is asked to work on the plans for getting the US's space program working. Their colleague, Mary Jackson, played by Janelle Monae, goes on to become the first black engineer at NASA. Their workplace difficulties were caused by their race, and this film makes it quite apparent what these women went through with their quiet dignity. Al Harrison, played by Kevin Costner, is their boss. He noted Katherine's brilliance and used her to lead the program. However, it was the other white men and women who held her back, never noting her work, nor the fact she had to walk a mile to the only colored restrooms. This film brings the racism alive but in a quiet manner. We see it, we weep our tears, but they kept themselves together.
The film was well written, directed, and acted. It was great to see the original footage of liftoff used in the film. I was glad to see the update at the end of the film, telling just a little more about the history of these brilliant women after the time period of the film. These were real women who clearly had a groundbreaking impact on many aspects of our country. I think it is a fitting tribute to amazing women at an exciting and difficult time in our history. Everyone should see this movie!
From my Daughter