Recently, we listed our Top 10 reasons to see Hidden Figures. The star-studded film centers on the untold story of the African American women who made major contributions to NASA space programming during in era of 1960s civil unrest. Despite being at the box office for less than a month, the film is already catalyzing today’s young, black women to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), specifically coding.
This month, 21st Century Fox and Black Girls CODE teamed up to screen Hidden Figures at select cities across the nation with the intention to inspire the next generation of black women in STEM. The website for the partnership campaign, http://www.futurekatherinejohnsons.com, is a product of developers within the Black Girls CODE program. The hub curates their takes on how Katherine Johnson, the mathematician played by Taiji P. Henson, inspired their desire to enter a career in Technology. Ultimately, the initiative ties in to Black Girls CODE’s goal to provide African American youth with the skills to occupy the estimated 1.4 million computing job openings to be expected in 2020.