October 17

October 17, 1956 | Dr. Mae Jemison 


Mae Carol Jemison

Dr. Mae Carol Jemison | American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut.

Dr. Mae Carol Jemison was born October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. Jemison became a NASA astronaut and physician and was the first African American woman to travel in space on September 12, 1992 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.  She attended Stanford University at the young age of 16 and graduated in 1977 with a B.S. in chemical engineering and a B.A. in African and Afro American Studies. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell Medical College at Cornell University in 1981. Following medical school she worked in the Peace Corps from 1983 to 1985 as a Peace Corps Medical Officer.

Mae Jemison crop 2009 CHAO

Mae Jemison, founder and president of BioSentient Corporation and The Jemison Group, Inc., at the T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation, November 12, 2009, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Jemison was selected as the first African American female candidate in the astronaut program by NASA on June 4, 1987. She added to her historic legacy when she participated in a space mission from September 12 to September 20, 1992 on STS-47 as a Mission Specialist.  Dr. Jemison left NASA in March of 1993.   She currently is a Professor at Large at Cornell University and a former professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. Jemison is also the founder and president of BioSentient Corporation and The Jemison Group, Inc.

October 17, 2019 | Congressman Elijah Eugene Cummings


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Rep. Elijah Cummings

Congressman Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform died yesterday, Thursday, October 17, 2019 at age 68.  Congressman Cummings was born on January 18, 1951 to Robert and Ruth Cummings in Baltimore, Maryland where he lived until his death.  He was married to Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and was the father of three children.

Congressman Elijah Cummings Remembered!

He received his undergraduate Political Science degree from Howard University in Washington, DC where he served as Student Government President and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  Cummings would go on to receive his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law,  He started his political career as a representative in the Maryland House of Delegates where he served for fourteen years and was named the first African American Speaker Pro Tempore.  In 1996 he was elected as a Representative from Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. He served in this position until his death.

Congressman Cummings will be remembered as a  a giant of a man whose statue became even larger with greater impact during the most recent days of congressional hearings and governmental investigations.  His voice echoed with emotion throughout these recent months as he stood strong in his fight for truth.

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