Jacksonville Seventh Grader Latonja Richardson has raised nearly $2,500 to make sure 100 girls can head to the theater to view Hidden Figures in local theaters. Utilizaing a GoFundMe account, she is one of several people around the country fundraising to take people to see the film via crowd funding.
The girls or girl groups will be selected by Taylor by invitation. Once those girls have signed up then the remaining tickets will be available first come first serve.
The Hidden Figures screening is scheduled for Saturday January 21st for a 100 girls free at AMC Regency. Attendees will receive a stem goody bag and the opportunity to discuss the films impact on inner city youth career decisions and opportunities.
Taylor was inspired to do this after attending a special private screening at the White House last month, where she heard from the cast, the author, the producers and Michelle Obama. She also had the opportunity to meet Katherine Sanders, granddaughter of Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson an African-American physicist and mathematician who made contributions to the United States’ aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. Pictured is Latonja with Katherine Sander whose grandmother was portrayed in Hidden Fugures by Taraji P. Henson.