NASA renames street in front of headquarters after 'Hidden Figures'

NASA renames street in front of headquarters after 'Hidden Figures'
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NASA has renamed the street in front of its Washington, D.C., headquarters from "E Street SW" to "Hidden Figures Way" to honor the black female scientists featured in the book and movie "Hidden Figures."

Scientists Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were honored at the ceremony on Wednesday. Also honored were "all women who have dedicated their lives to honorably serving their country, advancing equality, and contributing to the United States space program," according to a NASA statement


Family members of Johnson, Vaughan and Jackson, as well as NASA Administrator James Bridenstine, author Margot Lee Shetterly and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle MORE (R-Texas), attended the renaming ceremony Wednesday.

The D.C. Council unanimously voted in December to call a portion of the street Hidden Figures Way, according to NBC Washington

“May this street, Hidden Figures Way, serve to remind us … of the standard that was set by these women with their commitment to science and their embodiment of the values of equality and justice,” Shetterly said at the ceremony.  

Cruz called the dedication a "celebration of African American pioneers."