Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, visited Pittsburgh Milliones on Monday for a special assembly. Jemison addressed about 200 students, school staff, and District curriculum staff.
After a welcome with cheer and applause for the former astronaut in the school’s lobby, Principal Chris Horne, who referred to Jemison as the “greatest,” escorted Jemison to the auditorium. “This is an awesome moment that we are having as a University Preparatory family,” said Horne in his opening.
“You are the future,” said Jemison. She went on to say that the choices the students make affect her and vice versa. From attending public schools in Chicago to joining NASA, Jemison let the students know, “We are made up of all the thing we do in life.”
Jemison also told the students, through imagery, to use their time wisely. “You only get 86,400 seconds in a day,” said Jemison, 60. “Time is the thing you can’t get back.”
With less than two weeks until the general election, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her celebrity supporters have been hitting the Pittsburgh area pretty hard. Clinton and her running mate, Senator Time Kaine, held a rally at another District school, Pittsburgh Allderdice, on Saturday. This was Kaine’s second Pittsburgh appearance this month.
According to Clinton, 50 million young people are registered to vote.
Jemison hosted several events in Pittsburgh to encourage voters to go out to the polls on Election Day and campaign for Hillary Clinton. Although mentioned briefly during the assembly, Jemison urged students to exercise their right to vote, if they are of age, or encourage their parents to vote.
In 1992, Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour. Jemison is an engineer, physician, dancer, and NASA astronaut who holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities.