The Kennedy administration sought a diverse face to the space program, but for reasons unknown, the pilot was kept from reaching the stars
Photographed by Carl Van Vechten on September 29, 1959.
From an African girl who was “gifted” to Queen Victoria to a slave who took on his master in a British court, several little-known but remarkable chapters of black British history are being put in the spotlight on stage this year.
William Jackson Harper is nervous. He and I have been on the phone for five minutes, and he’s walking around his living room as we speak, analyzing everything he’s saying and hoping he hasn’t said anything stupid. I can relate.
“Are you pacing right now?” I asked. “Because I pace all the time.”
“Yeah, I’m pacing,” he said. “I am.”
As a self-described neurotic, he takes his nervousness as a given. Later, he tells me about how hard it is to make dinner plans. He and his girlfriend have talked about it.