The Movie Hidden Figures moved me

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My non-stop flight from Oklahoma City to San Francisco gave me three plus hours to watch a movie on the flight and I saw that Hidden Figures was available and I had been wanting to see it. I graduated from high school in 1966 so the movie was contemporary for me, and the story line intrigued me when I read about it when it first came out. I highly recommend you see this and even if you are younger and weren't a part of the era it does bring back a painful past, one that i am ashamed of to this day. After Jim Crow laws were struck down in the courts, De Facto segregation was resurrected with Separate But Equal. This was where in order to keep African-Americans away from white people we built great schools for them, had separate bathrooms, and made Blacks go to the back of the bus so as not to mingle with us. I remember growing up in my all white high school being fed in the schools and churches about the inferiority of African-Americans, and to say I wasn't influenced by that would be a lie. It wasn't until I went to college in Washington D.C. and attended a party of college educated African-Americans as one of the four white people there who worked for the government that I for the first time realized what it would be to be in a minority setting. It was uncomfortable and that was good. We should be made uncomfortable with we create artificial superiority by race or any other standard.

Back to the movie now that I have unburdened my soul, the three featured woman had tow prejudices going against them which also included being women in a male dominated sector so there was much for them to overcome and they did overcome it with being superior at what they did and their contributions they made cast shame on our society for not recognizing them sooner. Growing up a white male I never had to encounter those burdens and this gave me a head start. Of course I still had to prove myself but I didn't have to be so much better in order to be recognized. This movie is truly inspirational and it corrects a little known part of the history of the space program and puts it into a new light. America is still not there when it comes to eliminating racial bias or even gender bias. We have come a long way since the 60s and I can personally attest to a change in attitude and you can escape bad ideas from your upbringing. Real Estate as a profession has been better than most about having equal opportunity but we must also remember that at one time our Code of Ethics codified racial discrimination. We have also come a long way but progress is still on the horizon and we can never stop striving. Hidden Figures should be seen, appreciated, and remembered for those few who fought the system and won.


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Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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very interesting way to share with us.. makes us want to watch this movie!

May 19, 2017 07:22 PM #2
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Joe Pryor Thank you for such intense honesty. We need hundreds of these conversations.

May 19, 2017 07:49 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Joe.  I was a senior in high school when we were blessed to get 5 black students.  We are all the same, the only difference is the color of our skin.  I learned this lesson a long time ago.

May 20, 2017 03:13 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The movie sounds like a good one to watch, Joe! I agree with the comment left by Lauren Williams 

May 20, 2017 03:22 AM #5
Linda Blumenthal
The Corcoran Group - Sales Agent - 631-466-4087 - Westhampton Beach, NY
CBR - Certified Buyers Representative

I have been looking for a good movie to watch.  I'll have to track this one down.  Thanks for sharing.  

May 20, 2017 04:40 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joe. I haven't seen this film but want to. I don't think it has been here. I will look for it again. TY

May 20, 2017 06:55 AM #7
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

My wife has always been fascinated by this period of space exploration and growth at NASA ... plus the original Mercury Astronauts, Joe Pryor ... and she had never seen or heard this story prior to the movie coming out.  What a shame that these women did not receive the recognition (and far more) that they should have.  The movie was great ... and I'd say "it's about time" that this wonderful story were told and lessons learned ...


May 20, 2017 07:57 AM #8
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Yes! It's definitely a great film and one that should be seen by everyone. I wish it was a mandatory movie for kids in school. They could sure use more inspiration. I truly enjoyed it too!

May 20, 2017 03:28 PM #9
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

While some of the film may have been "romanticized" for theatrical reasons, the basic premise is certainly a powerful message.  I, too, highly recommend this film, especially for those who did not live through that time or earlier times which were painful.

May 21, 2017 03:00 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joe- I was a year behind you but I do remember those times. We saw the film and loved it. 

May 21, 2017 05:31 PM #11
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joe, I too saw this film, and left the theater with such a wonderful feeling.   Those 3 women do deserve lots more attention than they got.  This IS a must see movie.

May 22, 2017 09:23 AM #12
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

This is on my list of movies to see and agree wholeheatedly with you in your post. We cannot help being affected how we were brought up with in built biases and we need to shrug those off and accept everyone as they are.

May 22, 2017 02:00 PM #13
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

This is an excellent movie and well worth seeing more than once. It moved me too and made me feel so bad about the way things were back then. It was just terrible.

May 22, 2017 07:37 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much, Joe, for sharing your experience.

Have an outstanding week.

May 23, 2017 04:15 AM #15
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Joe Pryor,

We watched Hidden Figures after your post and we were both moved! What an excellent movie and so glad you shared how good the movie was. Thank you!

May 23, 2017 05:24 AM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We loved the movie, and it was an important message.  It should be required watching as part of social studies classes,  I like the way it was direct but without blame and making each other wrong.  Yes, we have a long way, but we need to continue blazing a path to even more.  A

May 23, 2017 02:47 PM #17
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Joe... was this not a terrific movie? And I think many of us learned something about our history that we had no idea about.

May 25, 2017 04:29 AM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I am so looking forward to seeing this movie! It's in my queue in Netflix.

May 25, 2017 07:11 AM #19
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

What a wonderful film and yet another story about the limitations we place on each other because of race, religion and ethnicity.

May 25, 2017 04:39 PM #20
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Joe -- yes...this is a terrific movie and I'm glad you enjoyed it too.   It was an unknown story to me and it was a real eye-opener for me.  Well-written, well-acted and I'm glad it did well at the box office which raised the awareness of these women and the issues they encountered.  

May 29, 2017 07:11 AM #21
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