Students discover obvious inspiration in ‘Hidden Figures’ movie

Female students in math classes at Lincoln High and Lincoln North Star high schools had a chance to watch the movie, with follow-up discussions on opportunities for women of color in the past, and today. 

Three African-American women star in the movie, Hidden Figures, based on the true story of these women and others working at NASA to launch a man into orbit.

Four Lincoln Public Schools seniors were asked about their reflections on the movie. You can hear directly from them on the LPS podcast. You can also find episodes in iTunes.

Trystyn Cox, senior, North Star High School

Reaction: “It was interesting to see how subtle but, like, powerful they were toward black people, even if it wasn’t calling them derogatory words straight up to their face.”

On portrayal: “It was nice to see black women represented in a different way than other movies, that they are their own individuals, not a group of people.”

Kalli Novak, Lincoln High School

Reaction: “The movie was amazing. I never knew there was a woman of color that worked for NASA, and she was super good at math. I am a woman of color, so i wanted to see a woman-of-color-power movie.”

On learning: “It kind of hit me in the stocks a little bit to see that’s how people were actually treated.”

Carrie Mia Thompson, Lincoln High School

On movie and self: “I am getting ready to graduate and I always think there are so many setbacks, or, ‘oh, so much I can’t do.” But these women had major setbacks with racism and sexism, and people putting them down, and they kept going and going.”

Adryanna Pickens, Lincoln High School

Memorable scene: “The bathroom scenes, how she had to walk half a mile just ot use the restroom because that’s just sad to know that’s what people had to do back then.”

Impact on personal future: “I want to go into education. I would like to go further then, and probably be on the board of education.”

Published: February 17, 2017, Updated: March 1, 2017