When Alan Shepard strode out to the Mercury-Redstone rocket in May 1961 (above, right), NASA was scarcely integrated. By 1965, at the time of the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama civil rights march (above, left), the Huntsville rocket center employed several black engineers.

How NASA Joined the Civil Rights Revolution

Integration came to the nation’s space agency in the mid-1960s.

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