African American Pioneers in Space Traveling Exhibit
The McNair Achievement Programs and the APEX Museum collaborated
to create an extensive traveling exhibition on the contributions
of African Americans in NASA’S space program and to inspire
interest in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) related-careers
The African American Pioneers in Space Traveling Exhibit will
help individuals, particularly students, understand and appreciate
the history of African Americans space pioneers of the past, present
and into the future. The Exhibit provides a conduit for students
to visualize and hear exciting stories of ordinary people who
chose extraordinary careers as astronauts, scientists and engineers.
Many of the astronauts started out with dreams just like most
young people. Some once aspired to become musicians, a professional
dancer, and one actually became a professional football player.
Exhibit is very timely in that it coincides with President Barack
Obama’s recent appointment of an African American, former
astronaut Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr., as the twelfth
Administrator (CEO) of NASA.