Taraji P Henson pays tribute to Katherine Johnson: 'You ran so we could fly'

2020-02-25 13:01
Janelle Monae, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnso

Taraji P. Henson has paid tribute to Katherine Johnson, the black NASA mathematician who she played in the movie Hidden Figures.

Katherine died on Monday at a retirement home in Vancouver - she was 101 years old, reports The New York Times.

The official NASA Twitter account paid homage to Katherine. They wrote: "We're saddened by the passing of celebrated #HiddenFigures mathematician Katherine Johnson. Today, we celebrate her 101 years of life and honor her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers."


Taraji shared a heartfelt post on her Instagram account. She wrote: "Thank you, queen, Katherine Johnson, for sharing your intelligence, poise, grace and beauty with the world!

"Because of your hard work, little girls everywhere can dream as big as the moon! Your legacy will live on forever and ever. You ran so we could fly. I will forever be honoured to have been a part of bringing your story to life.

"You/your story was hidden and thank God you are hidden no more. God bless your beautiful family. I am so honored to have sat and broke bread with you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you!"


The 2016 film tells the story of Katherine, and her accomplished friends, Dorothy Vaughan, played by Octavia Spencer, and Mary Jackson, played by Janelle Monae, who were instrumental in helping America to win the space race.

It went on to become the highest-grossing Oscar nominee at the box office in 2017.

That year the film won a Screen Actors Guild award, Women Film Critics Circle awards, a Santa Barbara International Film Festival award and African-American Film Critics Association awards to name a few.

(Sources: The New York Times, Instagram, Channel24)

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