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Congressman Mo Brooks Praises NASA Renaming HQ Building After "Hidden Figures" Inspiration Mary Jackson

June 25, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) praised NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s decision to name the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C. after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA and one of the “Hidden Figures”.

Congressman Brooks said, “Mary Jackson’s NASA career began in the segregated West Area Computing Unit where she and other African American women worked as ‘human computers’ and did calculations that contributed to NASA’s human space flight successes. Later in her career, Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA, lead programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. In 2019, Jackson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The story of Jackson’s career was told in the 2016 Margot Lee Shetterly book ‘Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.’ The book was made into a popular movie that same year.”

Brooks concluded, “I love the Hidden Figures movie and book. They remind us of historical wrongs America must never revisit. Thank you NASA, and my friend NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, for recognizing Mary Jackson, a splendid example of American determination, intellect and patriotism!”