In January 2017, Hidden Figures was named the #1 movie in America after earning an impressive 22.8 million in box office sales.
The film also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Octavia Spencer’s role as Dorothy Vaughan.
As noted by TIME, she bought out a Friday, 8 pm showing of the film at Rave movie theater in Los Angeles.
The actress took to Instagram to invite families in need to see the film for free during Martin Luther King weekend. In her post, she said:
“If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can’t afford it have them come. It’s first come first served. My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I’m honoring her and all single parents this #mlkweekend Pass the word.”
Tomorrow I've bought the 8pm showing of #hiddenfigures the rave Baldwin hills. If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can't afford it have them come. It's first come first served. My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I'm honoring her and all single parents this #mlkweekend Pass the word. Artwork by @bystellablu
Viewers have praised the film for covering the untold story of three black female scientists and mathematicians at NASA — “human computers” that helped launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
The event featured a Q&A with film stars Pharrell Williams, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. Girls Build LA is an organization that engages girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Hidden Figures inspires people, especially girls and women, to fearlessly go for their dreams.