English Book Club

Wednesday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us to discuss "Hidden Figures" by Margaret Lee Shetterly
 
And partake in a Holiday Dinner
& **Book Exchange at
 
Polly's Pies
1322 N. Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 722-6324

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hamp-ton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the wom-en of Langley’s all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most, a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

This title is also available as an eBook on our cloudLibrary service.
 
Please call Ms. Cris Muñiz at 323-780-1176 for further information.

 

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