A story is always better if you have someone to share it with. The Meyersville Church Book Club meets on a regular basis to discuss different books chosen by different members of the group. Church members, friends and members of the community are always welcome and encouraged to join in the discussions. Check back frequently to check out what the next exciting story will be!
Current Book Club Read:
The Meyersville Church Book Club will meet next on
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. to talk about:
Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly.
From the Los AngelesTimes review:
“Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures is the story and celebration of the four dozen unsung black women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers from 1943 to 1980 for the the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). More precisely, it is a historical homage to the fearlessness of mathematical minds too brilliant to be hindered by racism and sexism — to women who walked away from traditional, low-paying teaching jobs and marched into a predominantly white, segregated work force that considered them, in Shetterly’s words, “invisible and invaluable at the same time.”
There was Dorothy Vaughan, who blazed more than a few paths as one of the first black women to work as a “human computer” at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. When the married mother of four wasn’t securing promotions for her fellow black and white female co-workers, she was orchestrating ingenious childcare arrangements for her progeny and fiscally pushing her family into the middle class.
Then there was Mary Jackson, a “shrewd and intuitive judge of character, an emotionally intelligent woman who paid close attention to her surroundings and the people around her.” It was this shrewdness that cleared the way for Jackson’s ascent from human computer to aerospace engineer. A wife and mother of two, Jackson also volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for 30 years and designed a sleek soap-box derby car for her son that helped him win first place.
Katherine Johnson has become the most widely recognized among NASA’s black women pioneers. Before John Glenn orbited the earth in 1962, he asked that Johnson do the math to ensure his safety. Seven years later, the twice-married mother of three went on to work with Glenn again to calculate the trajectories for his Apollo 11 moon mission.
These women’s remarkable, uplifting stories have inspired a film of the same name, which spans from World War II through the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, and the Space Race.”
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