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Faith and Perseverance

Romans 5:1-4... Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have a peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have access by faith in to this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance character; and character, hope. (NKJV)

Ronald Erwin McNair was born October 21, 1950 in Lake City, South Carolina. As a child, he attended segregated schools and was not even allowed in the Lake City Public Library. These are just a few of the many obstacles he overcame on his road to success.

According to his school principal, he was often seen on the playground lying quietly in the grass staring toward the sky. He had dreams, he had hope, and he was to overcome tribulation.

 He went on to attend North Carolina A & T State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in physics in 1971. He then enrolled in the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1976 at the age of 25, he earned his Ph.D. in physic.

He soon became a recognized expert in laser physics while working as staff physicist with Hughes Research Laboratory. NASA selected Ronald McNair for the space shuttle program in 1978 and assigned him as mission specialist aboard the 1984 flight of the shuttle Challenger.

After his death in the ill-fated 1986 flight of the Challenger, the city of Lake City erected a memorial in his memory. It stands in the middle of town next door to the public library.

There is a museum planned in his honor. Ironically, it is to be housed in the same building as the public library used to be. The same building he was not allowed entrance as a boy.

As legacy lives on, Dr. McNair is a good example of what Perseverance and Faith in God can do.

                                                             Contributed by Dr. Janice P. Woodberry


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