Today’s Birthday: MAE CAROL JEMISON (1956)

Mae Carol Jemison (1956)

Born in America at a time when being black and female were considered distinct disadvantages, particularly in the scientific community, Jemison nevertheless had big dreams and intense drive. She studied medicine and was a practicing physician until the late 1980s, when she made history by becoming the first black female astronaut. In 1992, she skyrocketed to fame aboard the US space shuttleEndeavour as the first African-American woman in space. Why did she resign from NASA the next year? More… Discuss

 

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