Black History Month Special: Dr. Mae Jemison

As it is Black History Month, I’m going to write about different black people every week as a special. This week I am going to write about Dr.Mae Jemison.

Dr. Mae Jemison was the first black woman in outer space. She was born in Decatur, Alabama on October 17th 1956.

Dr. Jemison has 3 degrees: BSc Chemical Engineering, BA African/African American Studies and a doctorate in medicine (MD). Her medical work has taken her to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cambodia and Los Angeles.

She has earned a lot of honours and awards: the Essence Science and Technology Award, the Kilby Science Award, she is in the National Woman’s Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame and has received several honorary doctorates.

In 1992 Dr. Jemison went outer space. She trained to go outer space with NASA. She was chosen from 2000 people. Dr. Mae Jemison spent 190 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds in space!

She inspires me because to be a famous and successful black woman scientist is amazing. Her hobby is dancing. I like science and I like dancing I’m also black like her!

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