American Experience

Ed Dwight: First African American Candidate for Space

Clip: Season 31 Episode 3 | 1m 9s

Ed Dwight Jr. was the first African American to be trained as an astronaut. In 1962, Dwight was selected for astronaut training at the urging of the Kennedy Administration.

Aired: 05/17/19

Rating: NR

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