The Greensboro Public Library welcomes astronaut and former NFL wide receiver Leland Melvin at 4 pm Saturday, November 18 at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd. Leland is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space.
This visit is part of One City, One Book, sponsored by the Greensboro Public Library and community partners, which encourages the entire community to read one book. This year’s selection is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Before becoming an astronaut Leland was drafted by the Detroit Lions, but a hamstring injury thwarted his NFL career. Here his fascinating story of perseverance and how he ultimately traveled off-planet twice on Space Shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station.
He uses his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) careers.
To find out more about One City, One Book or any of the exciting programs and resources at the Greensboro Public Library, visit www.greensborolibrary.org.