Friday, February 10, 2017
Hidden Figures star Octavia Spencer sent a video message to MPS students on Thursday, after hearing that 10,000 6th and 7th graders are scheduled to attend screenings of Hidden Figures this month.
“It’s about real life superheroes—women who are really brilliant at math and science,” Spencer said. “So for those of you who are watching, I hope you pay attention to that message and I hope you like the movie.”
Together with the Beta Alpha Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and The Marcus Corporation, the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation is raising funds to send more than 10,000 students and Club members to view the Oscar-nominated film. The movie tells the story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA during the 1960s. These “human computers” were the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and they bravely crossed all gender and race lines to achieve their goals.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in pre- and post-film discussions, classroom instruction, and hands-on activities developed by Milwaukee Public schools.
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