1st African-American woman in space in Chicago

July 30, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Dr. Mae Jemison spoke with young women attending the "Girls Take Flight" mini-conference at the DuSable museum Saturday. The event was intended to empower girls to fulfill their own dreams.

Jemison grew up at 65th and Drexel, and pointed out to the attendees that she went to schools in their neighborhood.

"School was very important, but the important part of school wasn't just that you're sitting there, 'Oh God, I'm studying, I'm looking at this thing.' It was the experiences that went along with it as well. It was the experience of going to the Adler Planetarium," Jemison said.

Jemison emphasized the importance of taking advantage of opportunities made available to students.

The DuSable Museum's newest exhibition "Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight" illustrates the paths of trailblazers including Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot.

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