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Hamilton, ON: Film screening: The Space Race – The untold story of Black Astronauts

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

image of a black astronaut silhouetted against the moon with a rocket launching in the foreground.

The Canadian Black Scientists Network-Ontario Regional Node in partnership with McMaster University 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!

  • Friday March 1, 2024. 7:00pm – 9:30pm ET
  • L.R. Wilson Hall, 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8


  • 7-7:15pm: doors open, light refreshments served
  • 7:15-7:30pm: Introduction to partner initiatives and the film
  • 7:30-9pm: The Space Race screening
  • 9-9:30pm: post screening activities TBA

Registration is free. Donations to the network would be appreciated in support of our Science Fair and other programming.

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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. 

The Space Race premieres Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic and streaming on STACKTV.

Additional In-Person Screenings:

  • February 17, 2024. In partnership with Imhotep’s Legacy Academy in Halifax, NS .
  • February 21, 2024. In partnership with the CBSN National Office & University of Toronto Scarborough in Scarborough, ON.
  • February 24, 2024. In partnership with CBSN-BC & Douglas College in New Westminster, BC.
  • February 27, 2024. In partnership with CBSN-Saskatchewan & University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK.

Virtual Screening:

  • February 18, 2024. ONLINE



McMaster University
LR Wilson Concert Hall, 1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8 Canada
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