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Nearly 200 New York City high school students gathered at the Paley Center for Media on December 10 to celebrate Hidden Figures, the highly anticipated feature from 20th Century Fox revealing the untold story of three African American women who played major roles in the Space Race of the 1960s. The students were treated to an exclusive advance screening of the film and heard from members of the cast and crew, as well as female leaders in STEM fields, during a panel discussion about why it’s critical that stories like these are told. Hidden Figures opens in select theaters across the U.S. on Christmas Day.
“I think this is the movie and the book of a generation,” said Dr. Jedidah Isler, an astrophysicist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer who participated in the panel discussion following the screening. “It gives us a rallying cry, something to point to on a larger stage that says, ‘I know inside myself that I matter and that I can do this.’
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