Can we connect Katherine Johnson before Women's Equality Day?

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On 26 August 2016, Katherine Johnson, one of NASA's "human computers," will turn 96. That day is also Women's Equality Day. Can we get Katherine Johnson connected to the World Wide Tree in time for that event?

Just 47 years ago, men first set foot on the moon. That famous moment would never have been possible without the efforts and mathematical genius of Katherine Johnson and her colleagues. These black women overcame the prejudice against them both as women and as blacks.

The experiences of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson as they worked at NASA to help make Apollo 11 and that famous first step for mankind possible are the subject of the book Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly, which has now been made into a major motion picture, due out in January 2017.

You can watch the trailer to the movie at

See also her Wikipedia profile: Katherine Johnson.

Let's help make sure this brilliant and courageous woman gets the recognition she deserves by establishing her connection.

WikiTree profile: Katherine Johnson
in Genealogy Help by Pamela Lloyd G2G6 Mach 3 (39.4k points)

1 Answer

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I've done some work on her paternal grandfather - found some interesting things on her paternal grandmother. It appears that Margaret, not Annie, is her grandmother. Still doing some additional work there, but not sure I can connect her due to her father's status (green privacy - I'm sure that means very limited to no edit rights).
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Hi, Scott! Thanks for your work! I've gone ahead and set her parents' profiles to open, so you or anyone else who wants to can help. :)

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