Press Release

NASA Deputy Administrator Talks About History of African-Americans

By SpaceRef Editor
January 30, 2003
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NASA Deputy Administrator Fred Gregory will give the
keynote address at the Maryland Aviation Administration
(MAA) Office of Fair Practices Black History Month program.

The program is Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. EST
at the Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport-
Observation Gallery, Linthicum, Md.

Gregory, a resident of Anne Arundel County, Md., will speak
about the history of African-Americans at NASA, how he
attained his leadership position and the agency’s plans for
space exploration and aerospace research. The program will
be followed by a question and answer session.

“I’m delighted to share NASA’s vision and mission with the
BWI community, and I’m honored to represent the agency at
this Black History Month event,” Gregory said.

Gregory was appointed NASA’s first African-American Deputy
Administrator in August 2002. He is a former astronaut, and
he was the first African-American Space Shuttle pilot and
commander. He serves as the chief operating officer for

“We are delighted to honor someone of Mr. Gregory’s
stature,” said Paul Wiedefeld, Executive Director of MAA.
“He is a wonderful role model for young people and an
inspiration to those fascinated by space exploration and
aviation related programs that are both innovative and
timely, he said.

Call the MAA (410/859-7229) to reserve a seat or for more

SpaceRef staff editor.