In the same way the first african americans in the space program had to be at their best at all times with all that was riding on their presence there they could not fail this book combines the fields of space history african american history southern history and social history to tell its story. In 2010 he produced race and the space race which told the stories of the first african americans in the space program in 2012 he was named the verville fellow at the smithsonian national air and space museum where he co wrote we could not fail the first african americans in the space program. Richard paul and steven moss co authors of we could not fail the first african americans in the space program joined st louis on the air host don marsh to discuss nasas history. We could not fail tells the inspiring largely unknown story of how shooting for the stars helped to overcome segregation on earth richard paul and steven moss profile ten pioneer african american space workers whose stories illustrate the role nasa and the space program played in promoting civil rights. We could not fail the first african americans in the space program richard paul steven moss the space age began just as the struggle for civil rights forced americans to confront the long and bitter legacy of slavery discrimination and violence against african americans
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