Robert Lawrence
1st African American Astronaut

Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut. Lawrence was born October 2, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 16, he graduated in the top 10 percent from Englewood High School in Chicago.
At the age of 21, he was designated as a U.S. Air Force pilot after completing flight training at Malden Air Force Base, Missouri.

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  1. Actual the first candidate was Edward Dwight, 1961. PBS just showed him in their mini series about the moon landing. He was dropped from group because of Chuck Yeagar. However, NASA used the picture he took for program to keep Africans from messing with satellites they had set up there.

  2. The most funniest thing is I used to always dream about being an astronaut, so seeing actual astronauts who were black is definitely motivatational. But now I am more business orientated and I have a couple of supeeheroes and tv shows ideas. I feel proud of this guy achievement.

  3. Great Story, but why are all the videos so short on here now. These are black legends on here. They deserve more then 50 seconds to tell there stories!