This call is for an essay exploring the interaction of the Civil Rights Movement and the development of Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The editors are seeking a 5,000-word essay (including notes) exploring the interaction between the Civil Rights Movement and what became the Kennedy Space Center. The anthology stems from a March 2017 symposium on the theme of NASA in the ‘Long’ Civil Rights Movement co-sponsored by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of Alabama Huntsville. The concept of the ‘long’ Civil Rights Movement is taken from Dr. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s 2005 essay, “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past” in which Hall called upon historians of the movement to expand the ‘boundaries’ of the field both chronologically and contextually.
Due to the short turnaround for the completed project, the editors are looking for works currently underway on the topic.
If you are interested in contributing, please provide an abstract of roughly 400 words by September 15, 2018 to Brian C. Odom, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Historian.