Hidden Figure; John Best

TERRANCE WILSON | Contributor

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JANUARY, 2017

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“Hidden Figures”, a story about three black women mathematicians who worked at NASA and were instrumental in the success of the space program during a racially divided America, is a box office hit.
In addition to being one of the first successful films about black women who are celebrated for their minds and not their servitude, the movie has also helped raise the profile of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers amongst African American children.

Change Agent – John Best, affectionately known as Brother John, did what he does best (pun intended) and organized a screening of the film and put out a clarion call to the community to sponsor a student, parent or teacher to see it.

The event was his contribution to helping get students excited about careers in S.T.E.M. fields.

Brother John is a former professional athlete and currently a Broadcast Operations Advisor for Shelby County Schools.

With no media push, and just a few people coming together for a common cause, communicating through texts and inboxes and sending in their coins together to help offset costs…look at what you did.” Brother John posted on his Facebook page.
He has arranged similar opportunities in the past for the films “Birth Of Nation” and “Straight Outta Compton”. Both events were also met with overwhelming support.
TERRANCE WILSON

TERRANCE WILSON

Community Activist

Terrance Wilson is a community activist and entrepreneur involved in numerous organizations in the Memphis Community.
His blog, www.terrancewilsononline.com, is dedicated to covering topics that inform, challenge and empower black people worldwide.
He can be reached at terrance@terrancewilsononline.com.
Brother John is one of the many people doing their part to make our world a better place by investing his resources into the youth, an investment whose returns will pay well into the future!

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