Race and the Space Race

Race and the Space Race

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Mae Jemison

Credit: PRX

The Space Age began when America was going through a wrenching battle over Civil Rights. And because the heart of the old Confederacy was chosen as its base, NASA  played an unintended role in Civil Rights history. In Race and the Space Race, airing Sunday, February 26 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2, we hear how this happened and we hear the stories of the people who broke the color line at NASA.  Their stories of frustration and their stories of perseverance.  Produced by Richard Paul with Soundprint and narrated by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, Race and the Space Racetells the unlikely story of Civil Rights and the Space Program.