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.
In December 1967 Dr. Lawrence died in a plane crash in 'unusual' circumstances. The first African American would not reach space until 1983.
SPACE RACE is a documentary film about these men and what happened to their careers when the Cold War clashed with the Civil Rights Movement.