Mae Jemison, the first Black women to travel in space, will share her trailblazing story on Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in Buffalo State College’s Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall. Jemison was invited to campus as its 2022 Diversity Speaker in honor of the college’s 150th anniversary and Women’s History Month. The ticketed event is open to the public.
Jemison made history on Sept. 12, 1992, when she joined six other astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavour, becoming the first woman of color to travel in space. The team made 127 orbits around the earth before returning to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 20, 1992. Just five years earlier, Jemison became the first African American woman to be admitted to the NASA astronaut training program.