NASA Celebrates ‚ÄėHidden Figure‚Äô Mary W. Jackson With Building Naming Ceremony


On Friday, NASA celebrated the agency‚Äôs first African American female engineer, Mary W. Jackson, with a ceremony formally naming the agency‚Äôs headquarters building in Washington in her honor.   Jackson began working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) ‚Äď the forerunner of NASA ‚Äď in April 1951. From her initial role as a ‚Äúhuman computer‚ÄĚ within the segregated…

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Moments in History: Lawrence Douglas Wilder

  ¬† Lawrence Douglas Wilder¬†(born January 17, 1931) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the¬†66th Governor of Virginia¬†from 1990 to 1994. He was the¬†first African-American¬†to serve as governor of a¬†U.S. state¬†since the¬†Reconstruction era, and the first elected African-American governor.[a] Born in¬†Richmond, Virginia, Wilder graduated from¬†Virginia Union University¬†and served in the¬†United States Army¬†during the¬†Korean War. He established a…

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