Nevertheless this young boy persevered and was destined to become only the second African-American in space. McNair was selected as one of thirty-five applicants from a pool of ten thousand for the NASA astronaut program.
This story is told by his brother, Carl. It was created by Story Corps, a truly amazing organisation which provides Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.
Eyes on the Stars is a wonderful tribute to McNair (left) and, indeed, all those others like him who strive to better themselves and those around them through education and then go on to break new ground.