Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

July 22, 1969

On July 22, 1969, the Chicago Defender featured comments from black Chicagoans regarding the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.  The article, "Chicagoans Hail Historic Moon Walk...But," was one of several in the black press that praised the space program while also wondering whether the money could be better spent on social issues in the U.S.

Here is a selection of article related to the moon landing:

"Moon Shot Unites U.S. for Instant," Chicago Defender, July 21, 1969: "The first non-racist moment in American history came at 3:17 pm Sunday, when two Americans—nestled snugly in their lunar craft—became the first men to land on the moon." (Click to view PDF).

Booker Griffin, "Moon Dust and Black Disgust," Los Angeles Sentinel, July 24, 1969: "The high priority that this country has put on landing on the moon and exploring outer space in the face of deplorable human suffering in this nation and throughout the world again asserts the fact that mechanical values supersede human values in this country."

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