The 2016 film Hidden Figures told the story of the African-American women whose mathematical and engineering skills were essential to the early years of the US space programme. If you enjoyed the film, you may want to read the book on which it was based.
African-American author Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where her father was a NASA research scientist. She was able to interview some of the now elderly "computers" who were profiled in the film. Subtitled "The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race; the book brings their remarkable achievements to life.