Katherine G. Johnson has been selected to deliver the Spring commencement speech at Hampton University, one of the nation’s premier historically black colleges. In 2015, the ‘Hidden Figure’ was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former U.S. President Barack Obama.


Johnson is one of the leading inspirations behind the Hollywood feature film Hidden Figures. 

“With her razor-sharp mathematical mind, Katherine G. Johnson helped broaden the scope of space travel, charting new frontiers for humanity’s exploration of space, and creating new possibilities for all humankind,” Obama said. “From sending the first American to space to the first moon landing, she played a critical role in many of NASA’s most important milestones.

Obama went on to say, “Katherine Johnson refused to be limited by society’s expectations of her gender and race while expanding the boundaries of humanity’s reach.”

Hampton University Newsroom released an announcement on their website “HU News” that states the university is “pleased” that Johnson will be addressing the school’s graduation ceremony:

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SOURCE: HBCU Buzz – Tommy G. Meade Jr.