Johnson was portrayed by the Oscar winner in "Hidden Figures," which received three Oscar nominations.
'From Slave Ship To Space Ship': The Black History Of Space Exploration Detailed In Fascinating New Doc
"Black in Space," premiering tonight on the Smithsonian Channel, shares the Black history of NASA's space program set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.
"There are so many phenomenal Black women past and present and they ought to be household names," says Tonya Bolden, author of 'Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM.'
Niasia Williams, 24, the national chair of National Society of Black Engineers, sees lack of exposure to and opportunity in STEM as a "continuation of systemic, economic and socioeconomic oppression.”
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who became a household name after the 2016 book and movie "Hidden Figures," now has a NASA facility named after her.
She was credited with revolutionizing the way the Navy’s ships are designed.