B.E. 40th ANNIVERSARY COVER GALLERY

nd-1983-FEBRUARY

Long before talk of careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), BLACK ENTERPRISE reported on opportunities in the sciences.  Months before our February 1983 cover subject Lt. Col. Guion Bluford Jr. became the first African American astronaut launched into space on the Challenger shuttle, he and other scientists shared the range of opportunities for blacks within NASA and the aeronautics field. Other astronauts featured in that issue: the late Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Lt. Colonel Frederick D. Gregory and Major Charles F. Bolden, Jr., who became the first African American to head NASA when he was appointed by President Obama in 2009.

Long before talk of careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), BLACK ENTERPRISE reported…