Kennedy Space Center to Celebrate Black History Month with Discussion

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Cape Canaveral, FL – In recognition of African American History Month, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is hosting “Diversity at Kennedy Space Center: Generations Reflecting Together,” a panel discussion.

The discussion takes place on Friday, February 7th from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Astronaut Encounter Theater. Employees from Kennedy Space Center will reflect on how the 1964 Civil Rights Act impacted their lives and careers, bringing them to where they are today.

Kelvin Manning, associate director, will offer opening remarks and Lakeesha Flowers, human resources specialist, will serve as moderator. The panel includes:


  • Yves Lamothe, lead systems engineer, Ground Systems Development & Operations Program                 
  • Kim Carter, chief, Business Office, IT Directorate                       
  • Todd Arnold, deputy director, Public Affairs                      
  • Hortense Diggs, chief, Education Programs Division                  
  • Welmon Speed, senior logistics engineer, Ground Systems Development & Operations Program               
  • HQ McKinney, chief, Launch Services Program Resources Management Office      

The panel discussion is included in regular admission to the Visitor Complex and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings to life the epic story of the U.S. space program, offering a full day or more of fun and educational activities, including the Kennedy Space Center Tour featuring the Saturn V Center with an actual Saturn V moon rocket, the new Angry Birds Space Encounter, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and many other interactive exhibits. The new $100 million home for Space Shuttle AtlantisSM opened June 29, 2013. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, which opens daily at noon and closing times vary by season. Only 45 minutes from Orlando, Fla., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens daily at 9 a.m. with closing times varying by season.  Admission is $50 + tax for adults and $40 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers annual passes starting at $75 + tax for adults and $60 + tax for children ages 3-11. For more information, call 877-313-2610 or visit