Octavia Spencer Honors Mother By Treating Low-Income Families to "Hidden Figures" Screening On MLK Weekend

"Hidden Figures" star Octavia Spencer generously bought out the Friday 8pm showing of her film at a Baldwin Hills movie theatre in Los Angeles for low-income families, People reports.

In honor of her late mother who passed when she was just 18, the 46-year-old actress took to an Instagram post featuring a watercolor image of her "Hidden Figures" character to spread the word about her gift ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"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," Spencer wrote.

"Hidden Figures" is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book telling the story of three African-American women who overcame racial and gender stereotypes, becoming the force behind NASA's first successful space mission in the 1960s.

"I had a very strong mom who made me and my sisters understand that there were no limitations on our lives except what we placed on ourselves," Spencer told People. "She taught us to see people as people. All people. Taught us to understand our place in the world. And our place in the world is, if you want to be a leader, you can be that."

Read the full article on People.com here.

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