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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Here’s what Nauticus has planned for this year’s Black History Month

NORFOLK — Black History Month takes place every February and Nauticus will be running its program “And Still I Rise” for the second year in a row to honor the contributions the black community has given to Hampton Roads.

This Black History Month celebration will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Nauticus.

Katherine Goble Moore, daughter of Katherine Johnson, the main character and gifted African-American NASA mathematician and computer scientist highlighted in the movie “Hidden Figures,” will be among the featured speakers during the event, according to a news release from Nauticus.

Goble Moore, a retired teacher and counselor, travels the country speaking on behalf of her 100-year-old mother–sharing how her work at NASA was critical to the success of the Apollo Moon landing program and the start of the Space Shuttle program.

In addition to Goble Moore, the day’s speakers will include Deidre Gibson, chief scientist and chairwoman of the department of marine and environmental science at Hampton University, who will speak on “Hampton University’s Impact on Marine Science Research.”

Plus, Roots for A-STEM will provide table-top presentations, interactive programs, and child-focused demonstrations throughout the day including “Math Through Dance,” which teaches basic math concepts and traditional African dance moves, and “Matching Game,” that allows participants to pair black inventors with their inventions.

“And Still I Rise” is included in a Nauticus’ special admission of $7.57 (plus tax) for adults and children ages 4 to 12.

Children ages 3 and younger are free.

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