1-Sentence Summary: In pursuit of an engineering position at NASA, Mary Jackson has to convince a judge to let her take night classes at an all-white segregated high school in Virginia.
Excerpt: "Your Honor. You of all people should understand the importance of being first. You were the first in your family to serve in the Armed Forces. U.S. Navy. The first to attend university. George Mason. And the first state judge to be recommissioned by three consecutive governors. (What's the point?). The point is, Your Honor ... no negro woman in the state of Virginia ... has ever attended an all-white high school. It's unheard of. And before Alan Shepard sat on top of a rocket, no other American had ever touched space. And now, he will forever be remembered as the U.S. Navy man from New Hampshire, the first to touch the stars. And I, sir, I plan on being an engineer at NASA, but I can't do that without taking them classes at that all-white high school. And I can't change the color of my skin. So I have no choice but to be the first. Which I can't do without you, sir. Your Honor, out of all the cases you're gonna hear today ...which one is gonna matter 100 years from now? Which one is gonna make you the first?"
Time and Place: 1950's, courtroom, Hampton, Virginia.
Character's age is 30's.
Character's gender is female.
Character's race is African American.
Character's name is Mary Jackson
Monologue genre is dramatic, historic.
Find this monologue 1 hour 11 minutes into Oscar nominated movie "Hidden Figures"
2 Minute monologue
Monologue Writing 101 Elements (0 = Not Used. 1 = Used. 2 = Strong Usage)