NASA ceremony to name headquarters after Hidden Figure Mary W. Jackson

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You’re invited to join us for a virtual event on Friday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. EST officially naming the NASA Headquarters building in Washington, D.C, in honor of Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA who made extensive contributions to aerospace research, and the hiring and promotion of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

In addition to unveiling a building sign with Jackson’s name, the event will feature video tributes with reflections on her career and legacy from a variety of individuals, including William R. Harvey, the president of Hampton University, Jackson’s alma mater, as well as family and friends, current and former NASA employees and astronauts, celebrities, elected officials and others. The event also will feature a video of poet Nikki Giovanni reading an excerpt from her poem “Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea,” which is about space and civil rights.

Learn more about Mary W. Jackson by visiting: https://www.nasa.gov/content/mary-w-jackson-biography

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