Ronald McNair PhD '76
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Ronald McNair PhD '76

Ron McNair’s Stunning Trajectory From Poverty to a NASA Launch Pad

One of America’s first Black astronauts, McNair grew up poor in South Carolina, where he learned he had to work twice as hard and learn twice as much to succeed in a white world.


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