In 2015, at the age of ninety-seven, Katherine Johnson became a global celebrity for her pioneering work as a mathematician on NASA’s first flights into space. In this memoir, she shares her personal journey from child prodigy in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia to NASA human computer. Centered around the basic tenets of her life—no one is better than you, education is paramount, and asking questions can break barriers—this heartfelt memoir captures the many facets of this unique woman: the curious “daddy’s girl,” pioneering professional, and sage elder.
This multidimensional portrait is also the record of a century of racial history that reveals the influential role Black educators played in nurturing the dreams of trailblazers like Katherine. Infused with the uplifting wisdom of a woman who handled great fame with genuine humility and great tragedy with enduring hope, My Remarkable Journey ultimately brings into focus a determined woman who navigated tough racial terrain with soft-spoken grace—and the unrelenting grit required to make history and inspire future generations.