The Washington Post started a podcast named ‘Historically Black’ in September 2016 to coincide with the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In conjunction with the podcast, The Post is creating an online “people’s museum” on Tumbler of personal objects, family photos and more, submitted by anyone, (even you), to help others learn about how these items make up their own experience of black history in America.
Their first podcast episode, on September 19, featured one of the first black female computers employed by NASA’s predecessor,the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) as a result of her granddaughter submitting a photo of her.
Miriam Daniel Mann was hired by NACA in 1943, about 10 years before the character played in ‘Hidden Figures’ by Taraji P. Henson, Katherine Johnson. Come the early 1960s, Mann, Johnson and the rest of NASA’s black female computers were playing an instrumental, yet hidden, role in the space race.
Miriam Daniel Mann isn’t featured in the movie, but you can hear of her story directly from her granddaughter on the ‘Historically Black’ podcast titled NASA’s Human Computers.
Read the Washington Post’s Tumbler post on NASA’s Human Computer.
And don’t miss the awesome ‘Hidden Figures-The Album’ soundtrack by Pharrell Williams.