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This week 99-year-old NASA groundbreaker, Katherine Johnson was honored during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A remarkable mathematician Katherine Johnson’s contributions were crucial to the success of NASA’s first space missions.
In her honor, this week NASA opened the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility.
The Research Facility is another example of how things will never be the same again. Coal is on the way out. Most good paying manufacturing jobs have vanished, and although, not long ago black and white bathrooms and water fountains were the norms, this week a Black woman had a NASA research facility named after her.
Katherine Johnson’s story is what the U.S.A. is all about. I probably never would have heard of her without the movie made about her and her colleagues. In case you missed it the movie Hidden Figures tells the true story of a team of African-American female mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Katherine Johnson was a lead member of that team.
Katherine Johnson is a national treasure and one of our country’s great minds. She’s even done calculations that will someday help land a man on Mars. Mrs. Johnson (her spouse was Colonel James A. Johnson 1939-1956) is one American that will go down in history. Whenever I consider her journey, it gives me hope for our country. America is unlike any country on earth, although far from perfect, it has the potential to be that shining city on a hill instead of a cheap imitation.
Recently our nation has taken a confusing, dangerous path that reminds of a quote said by the cartoon character Pogo the possum but often attributed to others.
“WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US.”
It’s up to us to peaceably save us from ourselves. I know that sounds cliché but I desperately mean it; God Bless America.
See you soon, have a beautiful day.