In honor of Black History Month AllEyesOnWho and Entourage Magazine celebrates the memory by honoring some of the pioneers through out the month of February.
Physician Mae C. Jemison was born October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. On June 4, 1987, she became the first African-American woman ever admitted into the astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47. In recognition of her accomplishments, Jemison received several awards and honorary doctorates.
Dr. Jemison has a background in both engineering and medical research. She has worked in the areas of computer programming, printed wiring board materials, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, computer magnetic disc production, and reproductive biology.
- National Achievement Scholarship (1973-1977);
- Stanford representative to Carifesta ’76 in Jamaica;
- 1979 CIBA Award for Student Involvement;
- American Medical Student Association (AMSA) study group to Cuba; grant from International Travelers Institute for health studies in rural Kenya (1979);
- organized New York city-wide health and law fair for National Student Medical Association (1979);
- worked refugee camp in Thailand (1980).
- Recipient of Essence Award (1988),
- Gamma Sigma Gamma Woman of the Year (1989).
- Honorary Doctorate of Sciences, Lincoln College, Pennsylvania (1991).
- Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Winston Salem College, North Carolina (1991). DuSable Museum Award (1992).