McKinnon Legal
February 2018
Good Morning!

This month we celebrate African American Heritage, which is an instrumental part of American history. Notwithstanding America’s growing pains, members of the African diaspora have traversed through servitude to the highest ranks of government, business, science and the arts. Of particular note in South Florida is one of my hometown heroes, who grew up in my Bahamian community Coconut Grove, formerly known as Colored Town. Winston E. Scott attended George Washington Carver High School (during segregation) and was among the first African Americans to graduate from Coral Gables Senior High, my alma mater.

Scott ultimately became a prolific United States Naval Captain and NASA Astronaut. His 1st mission retrieved the OAST-Flyer satellite, while conducting two spacewalks to demonstrate and evaluate techniques to be used in the assembly of the International Space Station. The mission was accomplished in 142 orbits of the Earth, traveling 3.7 million miles, and logged Scott a total of 214 hours and 41 seconds in space, including his first Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA—outside the spacecraft) of 6 hours and 53 minutes. His 2nd mission focused on experiments designed to study how the weightless environment of space affects various physical processes, and on observations of the sun's outer atmospheric layers. Scott performed two spacewalks; the first, a 7-hour 43-minute EVA, featured the manual capture of a Spartan satellite, in addition to testing EVA tools and procedures for future Space Station assembly. The second spacewalk lasted five hours and featured space station assembly tests. Testing of the AERCam Sprint was conducted during his EVA. The mission was accomplished in 252 Earth orbits, traveling 6.5 million miles in 376 hours and 34 minutes. His book, Reflections from Earth's Orbit, details his experience and rich legacy.

Scott, pediatrician Dr. Dazelle Simpson, lawyers and business owners in my former community are among the unsung heroes across America, who deserve recognition equal to the more prominent figures celebrated this month. I am proud to be standing on their shoulders and being propelled by the excellence they demonstrated. As of all our local heroes, I salute you!

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