Astronaut candidates Ronald McNair, Bluford, and Fred Gregory wearing Apollo spacesuits, May 1978/NASA

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watch: the space race collides with civil rights in ‘black in space’ doc

March 9, 2020
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Produced in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture at The Smithsonian, Black In Space: Breaking The Color Barrier is the in-depth documentary that explores the historical experiences of Black pioneers in the global Space Race as it collided with the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Featuring the personal stories of Edward Dwight, a U.S. Air Force pilot, and early NASA contender; Ronald McNair, who died tragically in the 1986 Challenger disaster; Guion Bulford, the first African American in space; and Frederick Gregory, the first African American to pilot and command a NASA mission, the documentary aims to showcase the insurmountable racial challenges these astronauts overcame to pave the way for future Black astronauts.

Black In Space: Breaking The Color Barrier is directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Laurens Grant and is available to watch on Smithsonian Channel Plus and more.

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