Rep. Wheatley arranges for screening of 'Hidden Figures'
State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, is partnering with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Hill District Education Council, The SouthSide Works Cinemas and members of the local residential and business communities to enable more than 200 high school girls from Pittsburgh to view the movie, “Hidden Figures”.
The movie chronicles the true story of a team of African-American women who provided NASA with mathematical data used to launch the agency’s first successful space missions, which Mr. Wheatley said should serve as an educational inspiration to attendees.
Rep. Wheatley said the idea came about when lifelong Hill District resident Taminikah Howze approached him about providing this opportunity for young ladies across his district. He then called upon the local community to pitch in to make this opportunity come to fruition.
“In a little more than 24 hours, donations and commitments came pouring in, enough to cover a sellout of a 250-seat theater,” Mr. Wheatley said, noting students from Pittsburgh Milliones, Pittsburgh Perry and Pittsburgh Brashear attended the event at the SouthSide Works Cinemas.