NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left, and Kennedy Space Center director Robert Cabana pose for a photo as space shuttle Atlantis rolls toward its new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complexi n Cape Canaveral, Fla. in 2012.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left, and Kennedy Space Center director Robert Cabana pose for a photo as space shuttle Atlantis rolls toward its new home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complexi n Cape Canaveral, Fla. in 2012.

The rise of the American space program overlapped with the dawn of the civil rights movement in the United States. Many of NASA’s first African-American employees worked to send humans into space while at the same time finding their place in the struggle for racial equality. Kojo explores this intersection in history with two authors who chronicled the stories of some of the earliest African-American space workers – and an astronaut who followed them to become the first African-American to lead NASA on a permanent basis.

Guests

  • Steven Moss Co-Author, "We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program" (University of Texas Press, 2015)
  • Richard Paul Co-Author, "We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program" (University of Texas Press, 2015)
  • Charles Bolden Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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