August 30, 1983 – Guion “Guy” Bluford became the first African American to travel to space. Bluford received his BS from Pennsylvania State University in 1964, joined the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and earned his master’s degree in aerospace engineering in1974. He was determined and kept his eye on the prize. There were 35 people chosen to be a part of NASA’s astronaut class of 1978. Of the 35, 3 were African-American males and six were females, including Sally Ride. It was evident to the three males (Bluford, Fred Gregory and Ron McNair) that one of them would make history by becoming the first African American astronaut to successfully go to space. Click on link below to watch the video and learn more about Guion Bluford.
“I felt an awesome responsibility, and I took the responsibility very seriously, of being a role model and opening another door to black Americans, but the important thing is not that I am black, but that I did a good job as a scientist and an astronaut.”
– Guion Bluford
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