NASA Names HQ Building After Engineer Mary W. Jackson Written 25 June 2020


Mary Winston Jackson (1921–2005) | NASA

The Washington Post reports that NASA “will name its headquarters building Mary W. Jackson, [after] the first female African American engineer at the space agency, who as one of the ‘Hidden Figures’ overcame rampant racial discrimination and gender bias to help propel the agency at the dawn of the Space Age, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday.” The “news came the same day some in the space industry began to push NASA to change the name of” the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, which is named after former Mississippi Sen. John C. Stennis, “a segregationist who opposed racial equality and the integration of schools.”
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