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1st Black Woman Astronaut Speaks At MLK Breakfast

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SOURCE: WJXT-TV via MSNBC

maejemisonDr. Mae Jemison, a world famous physician and astronaut, was the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. The event dedicated to improving race relations in Jacksonville took place on Friday, just days before the inauguration of the nation’s first black president.

Jemison talked about President-elect Barack-Obama. Her accomplishments have given her an interesting perspective, and she shared some her thoughts about society, young and the recent presidential election.

“A lot of times people think in terms of firsts, but it isn’t about firsts,” Jemison said. “It’s about the fact that society has figured out how to include and use everyone for their talents. There are many people who are talented. It’s not like I was the first woman of color who had the ability, the talent, the desire to go into space just like Barack Obama is not the first African-American to be there.”

She said to her change is more than a campaign slogan.

“As adults we have to change because the children that are in our immediate vicinity, they learn from us,” she said. “The first thing we need to do is repair K-12 education … We made a commitment to build prisons. We figured out how to do that; and it seems to me like it’s a shame that we haven’t made a commitment to education in the same way.”

Her talk on what people can do to improve society was well received.

“I thought her speech was excellent. She talked about the future, change and she gave us positive ways that we can effect that change,” said attendee Sandra Thompson.

About 1,500 people attended this year’s MLK breakfast at the Prime Osborne Convention Center.

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Written by Symphony

January 11, 2009 at 10:27 am

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  1. i have a project on your history.

    kaliey

    February 23, 2009 at 11:15 pm

  2. i am doing a black history report on you and i have learned alot about you like how you stared in star trek and i just love you how you did all this.also i love your name and how old are you today?but anyway i love learning about you and you are the best and it is cool how you can do all this stuff in these many years.so that is my comment and just remember that i love your work

    branda

    February 24, 2009 at 8:46 pm

  3. I am doing a project on Mae Jemison.I that she never gave up and she kept her head high and did what she had to do now she is known for begin the first african american lady to go in space.

    Daphne

    February 25, 2009 at 5:36 pm

  4. i love u mae i read all ur book quite yet i love u

    Anisa

    February 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

  5. I am I doing an eminent person report on you. You are really cool. My uncle works at NASA in Houston.

    hailey

    February 26, 2009 at 9:34 pm

  6. Hi,

    I’m in the 2nd grade; I’m doing my black history project on you. I have learned so much about you and everything you do to educate young people on the importance of science and art. I also love to dance and act.

    Thanks. Celeste

    Zoie Dodd

    February 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm

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    Lane Wai

    October 21, 2010 at 12:37 am


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