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Daughter of NASA Hidden Figure Katherine Johnson to headline Black History Month Celebration at Nauticus

Special day of programming to celebrate African-American leaders in the fields of history, science, and the military

NORFOLK, Va. –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 Nauticus’ second annual And Still I Rise Black History Month celebration from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 9.  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 Dr. Deidre Gibson, chief scientist and chair 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.

The schedule for And Still I Rise is as follows:

10 a.m.-4 p.m.                       Nauticus tabletop presentations
10 a.m.-4 p.m.                       Roots for A-STEM tabletop Presentations
10:30-11:30 a.m.                    Hampton University’s Impact on Marine Science research, Dr. Deidre Gibson, Hampton University
11:30-Noon                            Math Through Dance, Roots for A-Stem
1-1:30 p.m.                             Matching Game, Roots for A-Stem
3-4 p.m.                                  Hidden Figure No More, Katherine Goble Moore

And Still I Rise is included in a Nauticus’ special admission of is $7.57 (plus tax) for adults and children ages 4 to 12.  Children ages three and under are free.  Visit for more details.


Located on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, Nauticus is a maritime science museum that explores the economic, naval, and natural power of the sea.  Nauticus features hands-on exhibits, marine life, 3D movies, a Stewards of the Sea exhibit that explores the Navy’s environmental efforts, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, the awe-inspiring Battleship Wisconsin–one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy- and the Banana Pier Gift Shop. Nauticus is also home to the Sail Nauticus Sailing Center, the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, and the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises.

Release date: January 22, 2019
Contact: Beth Bilderback (757) 664-1017