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Iota Honors the Life of Katherine Johnson

katherine-johnsonKatherine Johnson

I, and the National Executive Board of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated offer our sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Katherine Johnson.  She showed us that there is no limit to what we can achieve when we have faith in our own abilities.

Mrs. Johnson was a pioneer in the field of mathematics, demonstrating that even in the 1960’s women of color served as valuable role models in the STEM fields.  She, as well as many other African American women, worked silently to improve the educational knowledge of society.  They made numerous contributions to the field of scientific knowledge without acknowledgement.  It was not until the movie “Hidden Figures” that she and other African American women, who worked for NASA, were finally acknowledged for their work in the space program.  In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, forever cementing her place in history.

We honor her legacy with admiration and awe for the work she accomplished in the field of science and space exploration.


Dorothy M. White

23rd National President

Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.