What did civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy have to do with the Apollo moon missions? Find out next week, when the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum holds its first virtual conference for educators. The date is November 10, and the time is from 11 AM to 5 PM Eastern time.
There are six sessions with Smithsonian curators, designed to help instructors use materials about the space program in lessons. One, for instance, will focus on the cultural impact of Apollo imagery. (A version of a photo of astronauts saluting the American flag was used as an MTV logo for many years, for instance.) The politics and history of the program will be discussed in another session, which you will have to view in order to learn about the civil rights connection.