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Space Race

Space was the Place, Race was the Problem

Overview

Genre
History and Biography
Synopsis

1960s America symbolized a decade of change, fomenting ideas of a counter culture revolution, the threat of nuclear annihilation and outspoken black leaders from Martin Luther King to Muhammad Ali. For some, however, the most threatening image was a black man in a space suit. The first black men to become astronauts have been erased from the pantheon of space explorers.
Much is known about famed test pilot turned astronaut John Glenn, who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the earth but for a time, it was well-guarded secret that in 1963 President John Kennedy personally appointed black test pilot Capt. Edward Dwight, Jr to become America's first black astronaut. Dwight was subsequently washed out of the space program following Kennedy's assassination. In June 1967, the brilliant Air Force pilot and chemical engineer, Dr. Robert H. Lawrence was chosen for an 'Astro Spy' program to gather intelligence on Russian military capability from space.

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
in development
Running time
30, 60 or 90 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
e22.creative
Country
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Years of Production
2016
Locations
Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles

Distribution Details

Release year
2017

Photos

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