6“Hidden Figures” tells the story of a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers.” Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson used slides, adding machines, and pencils to calculate numbers to launch rockets into space. These female African American problem solvers were so reliable that astronaut John Glenn refused to go into space until they had confirmed the numbers. History, including biblical history, is filled with stories of skillful and reliable women. In Mark CH. 15, we read about those near the cross when Jesus was crucified: “Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.” These women took special note of Jesus’ burial place so they could find it later. These were all women of faith, of compassion, and of commitment, and proved it by their loving deeds. Our Lord is still looking for people like these faithful women.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More


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