CMMS Celebrates Black History Month
CMMS students view Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” in
celebration of Black History Month and honor CMHS alum Dr. Rudy Horne who served as math consultant for the movie
Students in Ms. Witt’s Advisory class watched intently at the tense moment when actress Taraji P. Henson scribbles the numbers to a math calculation across the chalkboard. It is one of the most important scenes in the 2017 Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” which details the contribution of three African-American female mathematicians to the space program at NASA. While some of the students had seen the movie before, this time, they watched with a bit more interest after learning of the exciting behind-the-scenes story of Crete-Monee High School alum Dr. Rudy Horne who served as a math consultant on the film. Published reports say that when Ms. Henson is writing the equation on the board, it is actually being done by Dr. Horne, an accomplished mathematician. He received double degrees in math and physics from the University of Oklahoma. He went on to earn a master’s degree in physics, master’s degree in math and a doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado. Dr. Horne passed away late last year at the age of 49 but will forever be remembered as a man of incredible intellectual ability with a kind heart. A true Warrior.
Q&A WITH MS. WITT'S ADVISORY STUDENTS:
1. Why do you think it’s important to acknowledge the accomplishments of African Americans like Dr. Rudy Horne?
“We need to acknowledge people like Dr. Horne so he gets the credit that he deserves.” (Amarion Benefield)
“He is an inspiration for us to strive for greatness. We are proud to say Dr. Horne was an alum of CM.” (Brooklyn Spencer)
2. What did you like best about the movie Hidden Figures?
“We liked that the real story has finally been told to honor those who have done the work that it took to complete a mission.” (Michael Saint-Surin)
“We also now realize that no matter what gender you are or what color your skin is it is possible to do anything. Never give up on your dreams and realize that a mind is a powerful tool.” (Kaeli Rinken)
3. Dr. Horne was an alum of Crete-Monee School District. He used his extensive knowledge of math to assist with the making of the movie. What skill or talent will you use to help people when you get older?
“I want to treat others as I want to be treated.” (Sakeri Barnett)
“I want to honor people who have made a difference.” (Jocelyn McCree)
“I want to use my gifts to make a difference in the world. Dr. Horne’s hard work paid off and he was a role model for his students at Morehouse College. Staying in school and taking our education seriously will help us to reach our goals. I want to be the best version of myself.” (Malaya Baxter)