Transcript for NASA officially names D.C. headquarters after Mary W. Jackson
Finally tonight, hidden no more. Reporter: Tonight, history made. Nasa naming their headquarters building in Washington, D.C., after Mary W. Jackson, nasa's first black woman engineer. Liftoff. We have liftoff. Reporter: Part of a small group of black women hired as mathematicians at nasa. Her role portrayed in the film "Hidden figures" by actress janele mona. Jackson became the first female engineer in 168 after being granted special permission to attend class at the then segregated engineering school. I plan on beingan engineer at nasa. But I can't do that without taking them classes at that all white high school. And I can't change the color of my skin. So I have no choice but to be the first. Reporter: She graduated and went on to lead programs that helped in the hiring and promotion of women at nasa. Today at nasa, her former colleague and fellow human computer Christine Darden. She made a very special effort to meet these young aerospace engineers, to welcome them, to show them hospitality, and to give them advice. Reporter: Mary Jackson's grandchildren remembering her, too. My grandmother was an amazing woman. She paved the way for so many without us even knowing. She was a warrior. Someone who wouldn't take no for an answer. Grandma was a very loving, caring and, feisty woman. She was always our hero. She was always our star. A star indeed. A hidden fig , I'm Dr. Dave Chokshi, the City's doctor.
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