The generations: L-R Margaret Bernal and grandaughter Elle Bernal with fellow SAHS Grade 7 student Savana James.

Photos by Karl McLarty

It was a stellar night. The Foundation’s benefit showing of the hit-film Hidden Figures drew a sold-out crowd of alumnae young and older, students, teachers and many friends.

L-R: Elizabeth Terry, Dr. Marcia Forbes, Camille Marr Facey, Glen Lee, SAOGA president Sally Carter, Foundation Director Audrey Richards

Dr Deanna Ashley, Foundation Chair welcomed the audience and principal Sharon Reid outlined the “dream” of building a multi-purpose conference center which could seat the entire school and guests, in addition to generating rental income. Proceeds from the benefit go to the school’s building fund.

L-R: Alicia Reid and her mom principal Sharon Reid, Lesha Blair, Megan Johnson

The impressive Mona Geo-Informatics virtual tour of the current campus and facilities shown on the big screen just before the movie received appreciative applause. Mrs Reid invited those who had not been to school since leaving to visit and tour the school.

Described as a perfect fit for SAHS! Hidden Figures is the true and inspirational story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — who serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.