Up, Up And Away: African Americans in Space


Sun, Feb 18, 2018
2:00 to 3:30

First come, first served.

Up and into the Space

To help celebrate Black History Month, Dr. Bill Thierfelder will introduce us to some of the remarkable African Americans who helped shape America’s space program and introduced millions to the wonders of the universe.

For those who have read books like Rise of the Rocket Girls or seen films like Hidden Figures, you’re well aware of the group of African American women who helped to make the space race of the 1960s and the space program today the success that it was and is. And if you watch science programs on television, you surely have encountered astronomers like Neil deGrasse Tyson.

This presentation examines the lives of these trailblazers, including scientists Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan, as well as astronauts Mae Jemison and Ronald McNair. Who are these adventurous women and men and how did they help launch NASA into the Civil Rights revolution and into our burgeoning era of Lunar and Martian exploration?

Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.

Target audience:

Adults, 50+

Event type:

Lectures & author talks