National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, has said that the management decided to rename the Washington Headquarters after its first black female engineer, Mary Jackson.
It is worth mentioning here that NASA has announced this move after weeks of protests in America that erupted as a result of the killing of Black American George Floyd by a police officer.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement said Mary W Jackson was part of a group of very important women who accommodated NASA benefit in getting American astronauts into space,”
In 1951, Jackson was hired by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which in 1958 was succeeded by NASA.
She was a research mathematician who was later promoted to become the agency’s first black female engineer.
“NASA facilities across the country are named after people who dedicated their lives to push the frontiers of the aerospace industry,” Bridenstine said.
American black man, George Floyd was killed brutally in Minneapolis when a white officer kneeled on his neck for an extended period of time.
His death was captured in a video and sparked global outrage in the Black Lives Matter movement. The world’s top celebrities also raised their voices and demanded justice against this inhuman act.
Anti-racism campaigners began demonstrations since Floyd’s death and the protests intensified from the United States to United Kingdom and many parts of the world.
Thousands of people had gathered to join anti-racism protests across the UK, despite officials advised not to gather due to coronavirus.