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).
In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, an election official checks a voter's photo identification at an early voting polling site in Austin, Texas. Eric Gay/AP Photo
In this July 21, 2017 photo, Sylvia Acevedo, right, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, assists a member of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland as she builds a simple robotic arm during an introduction to the world of robotics in Owings Mills, Md. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo