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NASA pioneer addresses Black Men Cooking

Dr. Christine Darden, aerospace engineer and the former director of the Program Management Office at NASA’s Aerospace Performing Center, shared her story as well as some of her wealth of knowledge with the crowd attending this year’s Black Men Cooking event in Gloucester.

Held on Saturday at Moody’s Event Center, the gala event annually raises funds for educational scholarships. It is sponsored by the Epsilon Eta Chapter of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

Darden was a natural choice to be the keynote speaker for an education-focused organization. She spoke of her determination to broaden and forward her own education and of her successful efforts to move her career forward in a field of research that was dominated by males. She was given a rousing introduction by sorority member Paula Washington.

Although she was one of the pioneering female “computers” featured in Margot Lee Shetterly’s book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicia...

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