Cosmonauts | Day 21 | Mae Jemison
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On September 12, 1992, Mae Jemison, became the first Black woman to fly into space. This Black woman genius, who can trace her family roots back to the plantations of Talladega County, Alabama, flew 190 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds, and orbited the earth 127 times. Listed among the items that she carried with her was a poster of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, a West African statue, a picture of pilot Bessie Coleman, and a banner reppin’ Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mae Jemison is truly her ancestor’s wildest dreams. Her life is a masterclass in excellence, sprinkled with Black stardust. Come to this walk with anticipation. There is much to learn from this pioneer! 

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