‘Hidden Figures’ Author Returns to Hampton for Talks, Book Signings

The author of “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” — the book that was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name — is returning to her hometown of Hampton this week for talks and book signings.

Hidden Figures: From Langley to the big screen

Margot Lee Shetterly is scheduled to speak in a closed media event at NASA Langley Tuesday afternoon, before giving a free talk and signing copies of the book at the Hampton Roads Convention Center later in the evening. The Hampton Roads Convention Center event is free and open to the public. It is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Hidden Figures” tells the story of the African-American women of NASA who helped in some of the country’s greatest achievements in space flight — including John Glenn’s historic mission.

Photos: Dr. Christine Darden at NSU

Shetterly is also scheduled to return to the Hampton History Museum Wednesday, March 8 to sign copies of her book. She will be there from 10 a.m. until noon.

Shetterly’s visit to Hampton Roads comes on the heels of a recent visit from one of the “Hidden Figures” at the center of the story. Local students have also attended private screenings of the film.