Remembering Katherine Johnson: The “Hidden Figure” That Sparked a Movement For Black Women in STEM

Katherine Johnson was 101 years old when she passed on Monday morning and she leaves behind a legacy that for years was hidden in the shadows of her counterparts at NASA. She was deemed “critical to the success of the early U.S. space programs,” by NASA’s chief historian, Bill Barry. We know and understand that she was just as vital to the generations of Black girls that followed her and she will continue to have an impact on the generations to come.

It took a while for Johnson to receive mainstream attention, however, this did not stop her from doing the work that needed to be done. Here’s a timeline of the amazing legacy she leaves behind:





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