WURD Radio Honors the Life and Legacy of Katherine Johnson

Written by on February 24, 2020

WURD Radio honors a true pioneer in Black History. Katherine Johnson passed away, Monday, February 24, 2020 at the age of 101. Johnson was one of several trailblazing black women whose work at NASA was integral during the Space Race.

She was also the first woman in the NASA Flight Research Division to receive credit as an author of a research report for her work on detailing the equations describing an orbital spaceflight.

Johnson was best-known though for work that greatly contributed to the first American orbital spaceflight, piloted by John Glenn.

Let’s take a look back at an exclusive interview between NASA space scientist and mathematician, Katherine Johnson and WURD President and CEO, Sara Lomax-Reese.

Original Post Date: 2.28.17

In the lead-up to Women’s History Month, WURD president and CEO Sara Lomax-Reese sat down for an exclusive interview with Katherine Johnson, the main character portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures.” Actress Taraji P. Henson played Johnson in the film.


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