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

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


The Canadian Black Scientists Network, in partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough 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.

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.

All are welcome to this IN PERSON screening!

  • February 21, 2024.
  • 4pm – 6pm ET
  • AC223, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON


  • 3:45pm  – 4:00pm ET. Entry
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm ET. Introduction to the Canadian Black Scientists Network & the film
  • 4:15pm ET – 5:45pm ET. Screening of The Space Race
  • 5:45 – 6:00pm ET. Q&A with Professor Rene Harrison & Professor Maydianne Andrade
  • 6:00pm – 6:30pm ET. Networking
  • Light refreshments will be served

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Registration is free. Donations to the network would be appreciated and will support the Network’s Youth Science Fair and other programming.

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Additional in-person screenings

  • February 17, 2024. In partnership with Imhotep’s Legacy Academy in Halifax, NS .  REGISTER.
  • February 24, 2024. In partnership with CBSN-BC & Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. REGISTER
  • 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.

Join a VIRTUAL SCREENING, hosted by the National Network Office 





AC 223, University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4 Canada
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