SAG Awards 2017: Taraji P. Henson's Acceptance Speech Calls For Unity
The Screen Actors Guild Awards aired this past Sunday. Taraji P. Henson’s passionate speech for the film 'Hidden Figures' won Best Cast for the film along with other awards. Henson spoke about the power that women truly hold and about having the opportunity to tell the story of these three former NASA employees proved that they were no longer hidden figures.
The story of some of the women behind NASA’s many accomplishments during the 1960’s (including the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing). These three women are no other than Katherine Johnson (portrayed by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (portrayed by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (portrayed by Janelle Monae’). Hidden Figures tells their story of educated Black women, on a journey to gain a higher position in the work place. Which is still dominated by tension and unease due to race and gender differences. A time where separate bathrooms and water fountains for people of different skin colors were still a constant presence, especially in the south. After the cast took home their award, Henson’s speech without a doubt took it all away with her dedication to these powerful women who helped make the impossible, possible.
“This film is about unity. The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars. These women did not complain about the problems, the circumstances, the issues. They focused on solutions. Therefore, these brave women helped put men into space.” ”- Taraji P. Henson.
Congratulations to the cast on their win! And congratulations to Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson for letting all of us witness all that you three have done in the name of scientific exploration. Let’s continue shooting for the stars.