Dr. Jemison, First Black Woman to Travel to Space, Traveled Onboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992
Los Angeles, CA (November 6, 2012) The California African American Museum's (CAAM) Target Sundays program was jam-packed, with more than 300 people seeking to get a glimpse and hear the story of the first African American woman to travel to space, Dr. Mae Jemison.
Sponsored by the Target Corporation, Target Sundays at CAAM is a free, monthly themed program hosted by Jeffrey Anderson Gunter that includes live performances, guest speakers and art workshops. November's Target Sunday included co-host Jackée Harry and was themed Remembering the Legacy of our Ancestors.
As Dr. Jemison took the stage she received a standing ovation, which lasted close to one minute before the crowd grew quiet to hear the recounts of a woman who broke barriers, made history and nonetheless traveled onboard the infamous Space Shuttle Endeavour.
"I didn't make sacrifices, I made choices," was Dr. Jemison response to a youth's question about sacrifices she made to become who she is today. Dr. Jemison made a direct address to parents, who she urged to be examples in their children's life. She spoke for almost one hour and captivated the audience. Twenty years after Dr. Jemison made world history, she is now focused on helping lead the initiative 100 Year Starship. 100 Year Starship's mission is to pursue national and global initiatives, and galvanize public and private leadership and grassroots support, to assure that human travel beyond our solar system and to another star can be a reality within the next century. 100 Year Starship unreservedly dedicates itself to identifying and pushing the radical leaps in knowledge and technology needed to achieve interstellar flight while pioneering and transforming breakthrough applications to enhance the quality of life on earth.
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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS IN THE CAAM GALLERIES
- Coloring America: Selections from the California African American Museum's Permanent History Collection through January 27, 2013
- Shared Thread in CAAM's Courtyard through December 30, 2012
- African American Military Portraits from the American Civil War: Selected Images from the Library of Congress Collections through January 20, 2013
- Legacy of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company: More Than a Business through March 3, 2013
- Go Tell it on the Mountain through April 7, 2013
[ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM: The California African American Museum (CAAM) researches, collects, preserves and interprets for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans. Chartered by the California State Legislature in 1977, CAAM is a state supported institution and a partner with the 501(c)(3) non- profit organization Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum. In addition to its permanent collection of over 3,000 objects of art, artifacts and historical documents, CAAM also houses a research library containing more than 20,000 volumes, employs and trains high school students through its Young Docents program, and hosts in-house curated exhibitions and traveling exhibitions on a regular basis. The museum also tours CAAM exhibitions throughout California and the nation.]