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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a private screening of “Hidden Figures” will be held on Sunday and event organizers are inviting New York City students, specifically young women interested in STEM.

 

“Hidden Figures” is a new movie about three African-American women whose work for NASA lead to some of the greatest achievements in space exploration.

 

Concessions and a copy of “Hidden Figures” by Margot Shelter, the book on which the movie is based, will be provided to all youth attendees, according to event organizers.

 

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Marissa Shorenstein, New York State president of AT&T, and Rhonda-Joy McLean, president of The Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Inc, will introduce the film. A panel discussing diversity in tech and STEM will follow. Joyce Henry, principal network design engineer at AT&T, Alicia Ray, product marketing manager at AT&T, and Lauren A. Holland of CreditSights will participate in the discussion.

 
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“While career opportunities in STEM fields are growing, the barriers to accessing the education required to pursue those opportunities remain high, especially for women and minorities,” according to AT&T.

“That’s why AT&T has been a long-time supporter of bridging the gap in STEM education – sponsoring several summer STEM education programs reaching students throughout the five boroughs.”

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