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First Black woman astronaut to speak at Science Center

OW Staff | 10/31/2012, 5 p.m.

In 1992, the Endeavour Space Shuttle launched into space on its first mission. On the shuttle was the first African American woman, Mae C. Jemison, M.D., to travel to outer space.

On Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, Dr. Jemison will give personal accounts of traveling on the Endeavour, her career and life inspirations that led her to becoming a trailblazer during the California African American Museum's program, Target Sundays at CAAM starting at 1 p.m.

Dr. Jemison is set to take the stage at 2 p.m. during the Target Sundays at CAAM program, "Remembering the Legacy of our Ancestors," co-hosted by Jeffrey Anderson Gunter and actress Jackee Harry, will feature live performances by Toni Malone and the Susie Hansen Band, in addition to arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and an art workshop by Teresa Tolliver.

The Endeavour will be on view at CAAM's neighboring museum, the California Science Center, where Jemison will speak at 11 a.m.

Dr. Jemison holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University, and a doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University. She was selected for the astronaut program in 1987, and by 1992 was on her first mission to outer space.

Target Sundays at CAAM is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.caamuseum.org and RSVP at (213) 744-2024. CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles.