NASA, the US space agency, renamed the street in front of Hidden Numbers on the Road in honor of the black mathematician who refused racial segregation to play a key role in his most glorious missions.
Appointment is given to African-American mathematicians Catherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, which were featured in Margot Lee Seetler's "Hidden Numbers" from 2016 and the later film by Theodore Melfi.
Later he joined the family members of each woman along with Ted Cruise, chairman of the Subcommittee of the Senate for Aviation and Space Ships, Jim Bridentstein, NASA administrator and Christine Darden, one of NASA's human "computers" during the Apollo era . New street signs were discovered in front of NASA's offices on E Street in Washington.
NASA is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the mission Apollo 11 and the landing of the first moon. All 12 people who went to the moon were white American men.
Cruise, who pushed for a name change after seeing the film with his mother, wife and daughters, told The Guardian: "I think it's important to recognize the contributions of everyone. Women and men on every racial and ethnic line contributed to this incredible a journey we are and I think it is also vital to send the message to little girls and boys that there is no limit to what you can achieve. "
Cruise, whose mother was a mathematician at the Smithsonian Institute in the 1950s, added: "The incredible achievements of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Dr. Christine Darden, who is with us today, have not been told before the book and the film Very few people knew those stories, yet they are stories that can inspire them and we need to tell such stories much more often. "
The film adaptation of Hidden Numbers, starring Janelle Mona, Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer and received three Oscar nominations, showed the fight of African-American women for equality in Nasa during the era of Jim Crow's laws.
In the 1950s, mathematicians were known as "computers", and the Afro-Americans were known as "colored computers". African American women in NASA's computer pool were separated from their white counterparts even when they calculated missions for missions with Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth.
Renaming the legislation lay last year by the United States Council and Washington. The local law was adopted unanimously in December. In February, NASA was renamed a facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, after Johnson, now 100 years old. In 2015, Barack Obama awarded him the presidential medal of freedom, the highest civilian honor of America.