As NASA was preparing to explore the cosmos, African Americans were fighting for their Civil Rights. And through federal equal employment opportunity laws, some African Americans made significant contributions to the early days of the space program. This hour, we’ll meet some of those pioneers with Steven Moss, author of We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program (University of Texas Press).
Darnell L. Moore attends the arrivals at VH1's Hip Hop Honors at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center on Monday, July 11, 2016, in New York. Brad Barke/Invision/AP
Protestors march along Florissant Road in downtown Ferguson, Mo. Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The group marched along the closed street, rallying in front of the town's police headquarters to protest the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officers on Saturday night. Sid Hastings/AP Photo