Mae Jemison-August 17, 2010
Abraham 3:2 And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it;
Mae Jamison is my hero of the day because she is a tribute to what people can achieve if you give them a chance and get out of their way. When you allow others to choose their dreams they will reach for the stars. As Mae Jemison did being the first Black woman astronaut.
She makes me proud to be a Black woman. Here is an excerpt from her biography:
When Jemison was chosen on June 4, 1987, she became the first African American woman ever admitted into the astronaut training program. After more than a year of training, she became an astronaut with the title of sciencemission specialist, a job which would make her responsible for conducting crewrelated scientific experiments on the space shuttle. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47.
Mae is a modern day hero like Patricia E. Bath (see August 15th’s hero) who we can look up to today and not someone of old that is not faced with the challenges that we are today. Mae demonstrates that girls can be astronauts but it also has to be their dream, not the feminist’s movement.
Why women like Mae are not revered more than the Jennifer Anistons and the Lil’ Kims I will never know. She has strength of character and has been to outer space, how many people can say that? And while we don’t forget the John Glenns, the Neil Armstrongs, we should also not forget the Mae Jemisons, who broke through a male-dominated endeavor and gave every little girl an opportunity to reach for the stars! God bless Mae Jemison!