NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement

University Press of Florida
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As NASA prepared for the launch of Apollo 11 in July 1969, many African American leaders protested the billions of dollars used to fund "space joyrides" rather than help tackle poverty, inequality, and discrimination at home. This volume examines such tensions as well as the ways in which NASA's goal of space exploration aligned with the cause of racial equality. Essays provide new insights into the complex relationship between the space program and the civil rights movement in the Jim Crow South and abroad. NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement offers important lessons from history as today's activists grapple with the distance between social movements like Black Lives Matter and scientific ambitions such as NASA's mission to Mars.


  • | Author: Stephen P. Waring
  • | Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • | Publication Date: November 19, 2019
  • | Number of Pages: 266 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Hardcover
  • | ISBN-10: 0813066204
  • | ISBN-13: 9780813066202
Author:
Stephen P. Waring
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication Date:
November 19, 2019
Number of pages:
266 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Hardcover
ISBN-10:
0813066204
ISBN-13:
9780813066202