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The Silent Astronomer

A REMARKABLE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERO AND ASTRONAUT:  Robert H. Lawrence

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John Jaksich

INTRODUCTION and DEDICATION

The Cold War era is a specific time period that some of us remember as the launch of the space age.  However, for some, it heralded an era of equal rights; especially civil rights.  As someone who grew-up during the 1960s, I can attest to some of the goodness which was being felt, but this “feeling” came at a cost for which I did not “suffer.”   Like many of us, I was insulated from the Civil Rights movement because I was too young to understand the forces which were shaping the U.S.  And during this era,  there was the space race, there was the war on poverty,  the Vietnam War (as well as the Cold War).  It was during this time–that I entered the public school system (as a kindergartener); my first teacher was an African-American woman.  Her name was Miss Crawford–…

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