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6 February 2017
George Linney IV watched Hidden Figures for the second time and was grateful to learn an untold story about an important time in our country’s history.
My name is George Linney, IV. I’m from Durham, NC, and am 13 years old. This is my second blog post for the Allison Partners team. My first post was about a book that helps kids to sleep.
Yesterday, I saw Hidden Figures with my Aunt Allison Linney and Grammy Barbara Linney who both work at Allison Partners. I have seen the movie twice now, and the film is spectacular. If you haven’t already seen Hidden Figures, I would really recommend it. The movie takes place in 1961, Hampton, Virginia. Three African American women who are indescribably intelligent work at Langley NASA. These amazing women work to put a man in space, and go through an incredible journey while doing it.
The first thing I didn’t know that the movie explained is that African American women were permitted to have jobs at NASA, and I thought that was a great thing. Then, I saw how those fantastic women were treated during work, and then I thought; “Wow, that’s not so great.” The African American women worked in rundown buildings, in small rooms, and had little respect from fellow White American workers. I already knew that was the way it was back then, although I was still shocked that some talented, smart people who worked at NASA weren’t treated as equals.
photo credit: 20th Century Fox
The three women and all the other women they worked with in their rundown buildings weren’t paid enough, even though they did just as much work as anyone else. If people were given jobs at a place like NASA, wouldn’t their employers know that they were capable of great things? I then understood that was just the way things were, but still I wasn’t okay with it.
The most heartwarming thing about the movie was how the three women overcame the hardships of their work. The women used their intelligence to prove to everyone they worked with that sending a man into space wasn’t going to be possible without them. The three women earned well-deserved respect from their colleagues and raised awareness of what kinds of things some people go through. Hidden Figures was an incredible movie that truly moved me. I may even consider a third watch.