Ronald E. McNair (1950 – 1986)

mcnairPhysicist Ronald E. McNair became the second African American to enter space. He was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978. After he completed his training, in August 1979, McNair received his first assignment as a mission specialist astronaut on Space Shuttle flight crews.

On January 28, 1986, the NASA Challenger mission vended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff.

Below watch Eyes on the Stars,¬†a beautiful animation and story from Ronald McNair’s childhood from StoryCorps.

Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

rosa-parksRosa Parks is known as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.  She was born February 4, 1913 in Tuskeegee, Alabama. In 1955, Rosa instigated the  bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, by refusing to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger as required by city law. Although secretary of the local  branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Parks acted alone.