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Taraji P. Henson Pays Tribute To Katherine Johnson After 'Hidden Figures' Inspiration Passes

By Jeff Mazzeo

Taraji P. Henson penned an emotional tribute to famed NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson, whom she portrayed in the award-winning film, "Hidden Figures."

Johnson passed away on Monday at 101-years-old. The mathematician broke down racial and social barriers and was the first African-American woman to work as a NASA scientist. She was portrayed by Henson in the 2016 movie and the actress took time to acknowledge the important effect she had on the world.

"Thank you QUEEN #KatherineJohnson 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!!!" Taraji wrote. "Your legacy will live on FORVER AND EVER!!! You ran so we could fly!!!"

Taraji 'Broke Bread' with Katherine


Henson continued her touching message by thanking Johnson for allowing her to help tell her groundbreaking story.

"I will forever be honored to have been apart of bringing your story to life. You/your story was hidden and thank GOD you are #hiddennomore🚀 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! #RIHKatherineJohnson #representationmatters 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💋💋💋," Taraji concluded.

NASA Remembers Katherine


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine issued a statement about the passing of Johnson, who worked for the organization from 1953 to 1986.

"NASA is deeply saddened by the loss of a leader from our pioneering days, and we send our deepest condolences to the family of Katherine Johnson. Ms. Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of color in the universal human quest to explore space. Her dedication and skill as a mathematician helped put humans on the moon and before that made it possible for our astronauts to take the first steps in space that we now follow on a journey to Mars. Her Presidential Medal of Freedom was a well-deserved recognition."

“At NASA we will never forget her courage and leadership and the milestones we could not have reached without her. We will continue building on her legacy and work tirelessly to increase opportunities for everyone who has something to contribute toward the ongoing work of raising the bar of human potential.”

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