Michelle Obama Praises ‘Hidden Figures’ Film: ‘Remarkable’ And ‘Important’

Kaitlan Collins | White House Correspondent

Michelle Obama hosted a screening of the movie “Hidden Figures” at the White House Thursday night.

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The film, which is about black female engineers and mathematicians who worked at NASA before the first moon landing, stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner — all attended the private screening.

The first lady said there was an important life lesson to be learned from the “remarkable” and “important” film.

“We sought out the very best minds in math and engineering at the time, people with diverse perspectives who could think in ways that no one had ever thought before — people like many of you in this room, the people like Katherine Johnson, and Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan,” Obama said.

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“These women couldn’t even drink from the same water fountain or use the same bathroom as many of their colleagues, and folks didn’t always take these women seriously because they were black, and also because they were women.”

“They didn’t listen to those doubters,” Obama continued. “They did not listen to the haters — because they’re always out there. They’re out there even today.”

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“They listened to their families and their friends who said, ‘you are worthy,’ and they told them, ‘don’t ever let anyone tell you that you are less-than.’ And each of these women decided to believe in herself and step up when her country needed her. And more than anything else, that is the great American story that is told in this film.”

“That’s why this film is so important.”

Kaitlan Collins

White House Correspondent

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