Black History Month Project- Madison Blithe
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Katherine G. Johnson
"Everything is physics and math."
Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson was born August 26, 1918. Johnson's math skills were apparent at a very young age, causing her to move up a few grades. She was one of three black students to integrate West Virginia’s graduate schools and was hired by NASA in June of 1953. She then was made a calculator and is well known for her calculations on the freedom 7 flight; America's first human spaceflight.
Katherine Johnson has accomplished many things in her life. Of her many accomplishments, a couple of them really stand out. One of her biggest accomplishments was her work on the freedom 7 flight; America's first human spaceflight. She did many of the calculations for it and the safety of Alan Shepard; their astronaut; was put on her shoulders. She has also won a countless number of awards, including the Presidential Medal of freedom awarded to her by Barack Obama.
Katherine G. Johnson was important because without her, there would be many things we would have never done as a country. She did the most important calculations for the first man to go to the moon, she was one of the first black women to go tot West Virginia's graduate schools, and set so many examples for people today to never give up, even when someone tells you that you can't do it. She will always be an inspiration to all the people; young and old; of America.
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