I remember this day like it was yesterday. I was 13 years old and going to Carver Middle School and we were actually excited about the Space Shuttle Challenger taking off on that day. This was the first time that I had heard of the name Ronald Mcnair.Ronald Mcnair was born and raised in Lake City, South Carolina in 1950 and had very personal dealings with segregation in that part of the south where he was from. As a matter of fact in the summer of 1959 he was trying to check out some books to read, but they wouldn't allow him to get them. He stayed there at the library until his mother and the cops were called. He was eventually allowed to take the books home. Ironically the library is name after him today. Ronald who was very well educated, was also a skilled saxophonist and was suppose to actually play live on the very flight which was his last. On January in 1986, he was chosen out of several to board the Challenger which exploded just 9 miles above the Atlantic Ocean. He is deeply missed and should be someone remembered during Black History Month and we honor him on today!

Ronald Mcnair Montage Video:

Ronald Mcnair Commencement Speech: