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Mae Jemison featured speaker for Alpha Kappa Alpha luncheon

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1speaker.jpgOn Sunday, Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, will be the featured speaker at Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s 100th anniversary luncheon celebration at the Doral Golf Resort. Jemison is an honorary member of the sorority.

“With all of her credentials, she has shown that it is OK to be an intelligent woman who strives far beyond what anyone believes can be achieved,” said Barbara Mason-Gardiner, 65, a member of AKA’s Gamma Zeta Omega chapter, which is hosting the event. “She is a wonderful role model for our youth. She proves that anything can be achieved if you work hard and study hard. She is someone we can all look up to.”

Jemison was born in Decatur, GA. She earned her medical degree from Cornell University in 1981 and was an Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia from 1983 to 1985.

Two years later, she was selected for NASA’s astronaut program, where her duties included launch support activities at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, science support group activities and verification of shuttle computer software in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory. She served as a NASA astronaut for six years.

Read more at Broward Times

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Written by Symphony

February 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Posted in Aviation, Honors

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