In the middle of nowhere, I got an idea to take the girls in Sparkle Empowerment Program for Girls to see “Hidden Figures.” We normally meet each first Wednesday, so instead of having a meeting, why not see an historical film about women’s empowerment? Although our group is diverse in cultures, I thought it would be a great film for the girls to see.
I posted on my personal Facebook page a simple statement.
If you would like to sponsor a teen girl from Sparkle Empowerment Program for Girls to see Hidden Figures this Wednesday, please inbox me your email and I will send you a payment request from PayPal. Donations/Tickets are $13.49 each. Thanks in advance!
The donations started rolling in. I was overwhelmed at the generosity from my friends from near and far. I will be absolutely honest and share with you that I actually shed a tear.
From the kindness of so many people willing to invest in a girl’s life, All of the girls who were able to attend gathered to see the movie at the AMC Theater in Rockville Center. The girls were all excited, on time and ready to go!
In brief, the film was about three African-American women who fought hard to earn respect while working as Computers (mathematicians and Engineers) for NASA. Yes, computers…before IBM came on the scene. Who knew!
Visit Sparkle’s Facebook page for a special thank you to their donors.
The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
I loved that the girls saw how these women earned respect, broke barriers, saw the process of crossing the lines of segregation in order to earn a higher degree in order to reach their dreams. A great moral lesson I hope they all received was how important it is to bring your squad with you when you’re promoted.
Truly inspirational on so many levels.
Sparkle Empowerment Program for Girls will be enrolling new members beginning April 1st – July 1st. To join, please visit www.SparkleEPfG.org and click on the “Join Sparkle” link for a brochure and application.
To contribute to the Sparkle Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors from Central High School, you may make a donation via paypal.me.com/sparkleepfg/20.00.