Black History Month: Pioneering black women celebrated in film showing of Hidden Figures at Barking Learning Centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 October 2018

Councillors at the flag raising to launch Black History Month 2018, which will see a programme of events celebrating the borough's black legacy. Picture: LBBD

Councillors at the flag raising to launch Black History Month 2018, which will see a programme of events celebrating the borough's black legacy. Picture: LBBD


Inspiring black women will be celebrated at a showing of Hidden Figures at the Barking Learning Centre.

Hidden Figures, which was released in 2016, follows the story of three women mathematicians who worked at NASA during the early 1960s and who were instrumental in launching astronaut John Glenn into space.

The showing is part of Working For Equality, a programme of events run by the East End Women’s Museum which explore the ‘proper place’ for women in the 20th century.

As part of the same programme, a documentary screening of the 1976 Grunwick Strike will be taking place later in the month. The strike was largely led by migrant women, and will be followed by a panel discussion about women of colour and their contribution to labour history.

The Hidden Figures showing takes place today (Wednesday) from 6pm, and the documentary will be shown on October 18 from 7pm. To register, visit

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