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Meet the black woman mathematician who inspired 'Hidden Figures'

Meet the black woman mathematician who inspired ‘Hidden Figures’

This segment originally aired Jan. 6, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

Movies about the American space program almost always feature white men, but Hidden Figures centers around the life of Katherine Johnson, who’s played by Taraji P. Henson.

Hidden Figures tells the true story of the black women mathematicians who worked behind the scenes to help launch Americans into orbit for the first time, at the height of the civil rights movement in the South.

“They’re going to show you where I lived and what trouble I got into,” Johnson told VICE News correspondent Dexter Thomas in Newport News, Virginia.

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