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New Westminster, BC: Free Film screening: The Space Race – The untold story of Black Astronauts

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

image of a Black astronaut silhouetted against the moon with images of two screening hosts in the foreground.

The Canadian Black Scientists Network- BC Regional Node in partnership with Douglas College is pleased to present National Geographic’s documentary THE SPACE RACE

THE SPACE RACE uncovers the little-known stories of the first Black pilots, engineers and scientists who became astronauts.

All are welcome!

Join CBSN-BC members and allies IN PERSON

  • February 24, 2024
  • 2pm – 6pm PST
  • Room N2201, Douglas College
  • 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC
  • Light refreshments provided
Registration is free. Donations to the network would be appreciated in support of our Science Fair and other programming.

Dr. Paula Littlejohn portrait. smiling woman with black hair and cream coloured blouse

CBSN-BC Co-organizer, Dr. Paula Littlejohn


CBSN-BC Co-organizer Prof. Rispah Janet Ochola




  • Meet and greet 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
  • Opening remarks 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm,
  • Film screening 3:00 pm – 4:31 pm,
  • Post-screening discussion: 4:31 – 6:00 pm.


THE SPACE RACE weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight and Charles Bolden, among many others. In THE SPACE RACE, directors Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (The Redeem Team) and Lisa Cortés (Little Richard: I Am Everything) profile the pioneering Black pilots, scientists and engineers who joined NASA to serve their country in space, even as their country failed to achieve equality for them back on Earth. From 1963, when the assassination of JFK thwarted Captain Ed Dwight’s quest to reach the moon, to 2020, when the echoes of the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd reached the International Space Station, the story of African Americans at NASA is a tale of world events colliding with the aspirations of uncommon men. The bright dreams of Afrofuturism become reality in THE SPACE RACE, turning science fiction into science fact and forever redefining what “the right stuff” looks like, giving us new heroes to celebrate and a hidden history to discover. View the trailer here.


Other Screenings (In person):

  • February 17, 2024. In partnership with Imhotep’s Legacy Academy in Halifax, NS .  REGISTER.
  • February 21, 2024. In partnership with the CBSN National Office & University of Toronto Scarborough in Scarborough, ON.
  • February 27, 2024. In partnership with CBSN-Saskatchewan & University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK.
  • March 1, 2024. In partnership with CBSN-ON & McMaster University in Hamilton, ON.

VIRTUAL SCREENING, hosted by the National Network Office 



February 24
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Douglas College
Room N2201, 700 Royal Avenue
New Westminster, British Columbia Canada
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