“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” African Proverb


Alabama native and NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison made history 30 years ago today as the first Black woman in space as a crew member on the space shuttle Endeavor.

Born in Decatur on Oct. 17, 1956, Jemison moved with her family to Chicago as a child. Growing up, she was inspired by Nichelle Nichols, Lieutenant Uhura on “Star Trek” and was determined to fly in space.

After graduating from Stanford University in California with bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and African and African-American studies, she attended Cornell Medical School. She is fluent in Russian, Japanese and Swahili.

Jemison was in the first group of astronauts chosen after the lapse in flights following the Challenger explosion and flew on Sept. 12, 1992 making 127 orbits of the Earth.


Since leaving NASA in 1993, Jemison has been a university teacher and founder of an international space camp. She now leads the 100 Year Starship project through the U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) to send a human to another star.

She has also written several books for children and also sits on many corporate boards and lives in Houston. She is also a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the International Space Hall of Fame.



tues sept 13 2022 REmbr… G is, as G can only BE. GOOD

If I didn’t define myself, I’d be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. audre lorde

amen. so BE it. laff THRU it…yes. in Time.

In Memory of Akiriyiah (Kirah) McClellan
June 22, 2006 – Feb 16, 2022