Norma Adams, Dallas Morning News
The first black woman in space will speak at the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon sponsored by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 S. Lamar St. in downtown Dallas.
Veteran KDFW-TV (Channel 4) anchor Clarice Tinsley will host the program, which will honor three people for distinction in leadership, service and the mentoring of girls and women. Laura Downing and Susan Glassmoyer are luncheon co-chairs. Jennifer Bartkowski is Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO.
Dr. Jemison also is a physician and engineer who earned international distinction in 1992 by orbiting the earth aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. She was born in Decatur, Ala., and grew up in Chicago, the daughter of a maintenance supervisor and a math and English elementary school teacher.
She is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Medical College. Before joining NASA, she had a general medical practice and was a medical officer for the Peace Corps in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Jemison is scheduled to speak to the scouts about her own life working in science, technology, medicine, and about realizing dreams.
Jemison has been quoted as saying: "Since I was a little girl, I had always assumed I would go into space ... [and] ... the best way to make dreams come true is to wake up."
After leaving NASA in 1993, Jemison founded the Jemison Group, a technology consult...