Category: black history

Ed Dwight Was Set to Be the First Black Astronaut. Here’s Why That Never Happened.: undefined

The Carrousel Motor Hotel in Houston, built in 1961, designed by William Tamminga. And wow, just wow, read this: “In 1967 the Carrousel Motor Hotel was a defendant in an important civil rights case decided by the Texas Supreme Court. Plaintiff Emmit Fisher, an African American mathematician for NASA, was attending a conference at the motel and was in line to eat lunch when the manager grabbed his plate out of his hand and yelled that a `negro could not be served.` The court decided in favor of Fisher citing that assault and battery can (and did) occur without physical harm. By 1975, the Carrousel Motor Hotel closed but reopened under ownership of John Coil who opened it as an `adult movie luxury motel` according to an article in the March 1976 issue of Texas Monthly. Just a couple months later, Texas Monthly ran another article featuring the Carrousel`s new membership club, `Dare to be Bare.` After a slew of lawsuits from 1977-1988, the Carrousel Motor Hotel closed for good.”

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Astronaut Mae Jemison, first African-American woman in space, seen here aboard the Shuttle Endeavour, September 1992.

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Happy Birthday to astronaut Mae Jemison, first African-American woman in space, seen here aboard the Shuttle Endeavour, September 1992. She was born October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama.

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Astronaut Mae Jemison, first African-American woman in space, seen here aboard the Shuttle Endeavour, September 1992. Via @usnatarchives.

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TODAY IN HISTORY: Astronaut Guy Bluford becomes the first African-American in space when he blasts off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, August 30, 1983. (Penn State)

Astronaut Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, works with a microscope inside the Spacelab module aboard the Shuttle Endeavour, September 1992. (National Archives)

Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols in a shuttle simulator at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, March 4, 1977.

Astronaut Mae Jemison, first African-American woman in space, seen here aboard the Shuttle Endeavour, September 1992.

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Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols with Apollo 12 moonwalker Alan Bean at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas, March 4, 1977.