Civil Rights in the Space Age: Richard Paul and Steven Moss Come to BookPeople


We are thrilled to have Richard Paul and Steven Moss in our store Wednesday, July 1 at 7PM to discussWe Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program.

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Just as the civil rights movement was lifting off, so was the American Space Age. While their ambitions were beginning to reach far beyond the atmosphere, Americans were also confronting the bitter legacy of slavery, discrimination, and violence against African Americans. In an overlooked aspect of their legacies, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations made sure the federal equal employment opportunity laws were applied at NASA, and thousands of technology and research positions were created that provided some relief to poverty-stricken Deep South.

Illustrating the role NASA played as an agent of social change, We Could Not Fail profiles ten pioneer African American space workers, recounting how these technicians, mathematicians, engineers, and an astronaut candidate surmounted barriers to move, in…

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