This week has been celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing on the moon by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. But what you may not know is there are other astronauts that have also done amazing things! One of those astronauts is Ron McNair.
One day in the 1950’s young nine year-old Ron McNair works to be treated the same as every other human being. The story begins with Ron’s eagerness to visit the library; even being tempted to eat a donut does not halt his mission to get to the library.
Ron arrives at the Luke City Library, and when he’s ready to check out a book, he’s told he cannot check out a book because only white americans were allowed. This is just one example of racism children and adults endured before the Civil Rights Movement. Ron defends himself, and insists he should be able to check out a book, even after law enforcement is called.
Ron doesn’t back down, and continues to argues his case, and with the help of a kind desk clerk, Ron is able to check out his library books.
Later in life Ron McNair becomes a successful pilot and astronaut, breaking barriers for African-American astronauts and all people of color. Ron also has an achievement program named in his honor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
The book teaches a valuable lesson that all children – black or white can benefit from: despite obstacles, if you stick to your beliefs, and stand up for yourself, anything is achievable.
Ron’s Big Mission
Authors: Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden | Illustrator: Don Tate