Charles Bolden, NASA’s first Black administrator, speaks out on systemic racism

NASA’s first and (so far) only Black administrator says he is angry and hopeful as he reflects on the world today. 

Charles “Charlie” Bolden, a former astronaut who served as NASA administrator from 2009 to 2017, is “on a constant roller coaster of being very angry and then being hopeful,” he told Space.com. Bolden recently spoke to Space.com about not only his experiences as an African-American man who has helped lead the world in space exploration, but also about how he feels about racism and violence against people of color today and how he hopes that agencies like NASA and people everywhere might act to better work against systemic racism.



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