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Today In Black History: Celebrating the life of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician

The Washington Post reports that Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who was depicted in “Hidden Figures,” died Monday (Feb. 24). She was 101.

Katherine Johnson NASA/Created: 31 December 1965/Public Domain

Johnson began working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in 1953, and she was classified as “subprofessional,” and likened to the ranking of a janitor.

But her job didn’t involve cleaning; Johnson used a slide rule or mechanical calculator in complex calculations to review the work of her superiors — white male engineers. Her title was “computer,” the technology that would eventually make the services of many of her colleagues no longer needed.

 Taraji P. Henson portrayed Johnson in the 2016 Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures about trailblazing black women whose work at NASA was pivotal during the Space Race. (Source: The Detroit Praise Network)

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Today In Black History: Remembering B. Smith

Model, restaurant owner and lifestyle guru, B. Smith died Saturday night in her home from Alzheimer’s. She was 70.  In 1976 she became the first black woman featured on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. She opened 3 restaurants in New York City, Long Island and Washington, DC. Smith also had her own cooking and lifestyle show, B. Smith with Style, which made its debut in 1997.

Often unfairly called the black Martha Stewart, B. Smith was a legend in her own right. Smith embodied glamour affluence, poise, grace and Afrocentrism. B. Smith rocked natural hair before it was popular in the main stream. She was always different but yet the same. She spoke to many black people who thought that’s exactly me.   We drink wine.  We are cultured.  Conversely she showed others a broader or image of the African-American. (More From: Colorstream Media)

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Today In Black History: Happy Birthday U.S. Representative John R. Lewis

John Robert Lewis was born on February 21, 1940 and is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Now in his 17th term in the House, Lewis, was also a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington… as well as other key roles in the Civil Rights Movement.

Lewis has been presented many honorary degrees and awards, including the highest civilian honor of the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On December 29, 2019, it was announced that Lewis is receiving treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Our prayers are with this political giant. Source: Biography.com and wikipedia.org)

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Today In Black History: Rural Ontario Black Hockey Line Broke Barriers

Howard Sheffield, Arthur Lowe and Gary Smith dazzled crowds on a line together for the Mount Forest Redmen, an intermediate hockey team in a small Ontario town. Reports say the three were skilled players and packed arenas wherever they played. Somewhere along the way, they earned the nickname the Black Flashes.  (CBC Canadian News)

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