AKAs Takeover the Movies to Support Hidden Figures

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/9/2017, 9:39 a.m.
It was wall-to-wall pink and green on Sunday, January 8, 2016, at the First Colony 24 theaters as the women ...
Cindy George, Dr. Polly Sparks Turner, Dr. Jeanette Epps, and Macrersia Alibaruho/ photo credit Facebook

It was wall-to-wall pink and green on Sunday, January 8, 2016, at the First Colony 24 theaters as the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. took over the theater. The ladies were in mass numbers to support the film Hidden Figures that tells the story of three extraordinary women – Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson - who made NASA history by helping with the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. All three women are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson with Katherine Johnson and other members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc./photo credit Instagram

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson with Katherine Johnson and other members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc./photo credit Instagram

This push to support the historic film is not just a local movement but also a national one that has been in the works since the beginning of 2016. Alpha Kappa Alpha first honored Katherine G. Johnson, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, at the sorority’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Following that recognition, AKA honored Johnson with the Septima Poinsette Award at their national convention's public luncheon held in Atlanta, GA. In addition, members of the sorority in attendance at the national convention were privy to a sneak peek of the film by one of the film's stars, Janelle Monae, who portrays Mary Jackson in the film. Serving as the keynote speaker at the sorority's national convention undergraduate luncheon, Monae inspired the sorority's next generation of history makers.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recognition of Katherine G. Johnson

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recognized Katherine G. Johnson in July 2016 during it's 2016 International Convention. The incredible work of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson is featured in the movie, Hidden Figures.

Special screenings of Hidden Figures have been held across the country especial for members of AKA to include their families and students part of their ASCEND program. ASCEND is the national signature initiative under the national program Launching New Dimensions of Service led by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson. ASCEND focuses on the educational enrichment of youth to achieve collegiate success or vocational employment.

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Hidden Figures | Teaser Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Watch the new trailer for #HiddenFigures, based on the incredible untold true story. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe. In theaters this January. HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. In Theaters - January 6, 2017 Get Tickets Now: http://www.hiddenfigurestickets.com/ Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell & Kimberly Quinn Order Hidden Figures: The Album featuring new music by Pharrell, Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keyes, Mary J. Blige, Kim Burrell and more: http://smarturl.it/HiddenFiguresAM SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/FOXSubscribe Watch the Official Trailer: http://fox.co/HiddenFiguresOfficialTr... Watch the Hidden Story Behind the Scenes: http://fox.co/HiddenStory Watch highlights from Hidden Figures Live: http://fox.co/HiddenFiguresLive Watch the LIVE performance of "I See A Victory": http://fox.co/ISeeAVictory Enter the #Search4HiddenFigures for a chance at $200,000 in scholarships and more: http://fox.co/HiddenFiguresPepsi Read the book that inspired the movie: http://fox.co/2gcDHrV Connect with Hidden Figures Online: Visit Hidden Figures on our WEBSITE: http://HiddenFiguresMovie.com Like Hidden Figures on FACEBOOK: http://fox.co/HiddenFiguresFB Follow Hidden Figures on TWITTER: http://fox.co/HiddenFiguresTW Follow Hidden Figures on INSTAGRAM: http://fox.co/HiddenFiguresIG #HiddenFigures About 20th Century FOX: Official YouTube Channel for 20th Century Fox Movies. Home of Avatar, Aliens, X-Men, Die Hard, Deadpool, Ice Age, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Rio, Peanuts, Maze Runner, Planet of the Apes, Wolverine and many more. Connect with 20th Century FOX Online: Visit the 20th Century FOX WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/FOXMovie Like 20th Century FOX on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/FOXFacebook Follow 20th Century FOX on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/TwitterFOX Hidden Figures | Teaser Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX http://www.youtube.com/user/FoxMovies

During the Houston screening for Houston Metropolitan Area Chapters of AKA, an interactive panel discussion was held with NASA astronaut Dr. Jeanette Epps, former Texas Southern University professor and 20th South Central Regional Director of AKA Dr. Polly Sparks Turner, NASA Aerospace Engineer Macrersia Alibaruho, and Houston Chronicle Reporter Cindy George, who served as moderator.