In Lake City, South Carolina, in 1959, Ron McNair, age nine, was on a misson. It was summer vacation and he knew exactly what he was going to do. He headed out of the house, passed his friends in the shops and on the basketball court, and he kept going until he got to the public library. There he went straight to his favorite books on flying and planes and searched for some books that might have a character who looked like him, a young black boy. They were hard to find. Then, he gathered his pile and headed to the check out desk. It sounds routine and it sounds like something plenty of kids would do today and they take that for granted. But for Ron, it was an act of courage because in 1959, in Lake City, only white people could check out library books. Black children had to read them in the library and walk out empty handed. So what happened when Ron confronted that fact on that summer day? I'll let you read the book to find out. Suffice it to say, Ron McNair became a pilot and an astronaut and he did both of those things because he was brave, well-read, and willing to risk spreading his wings. 32 pages Ages 4-7
Ron's Big MIssion
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