ROLE MODELS IN BLACK HISTORY
Ms. Du’s class (1-134) selected Mae Jemison as their Role Model in Black History. Mae Jemison, born on October 17, 1956, is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit and aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. Through her accomplishments, she inspires us to work hard and believe that anything is possible.
Ms. Sinclair’s Class (4-322A) selected Jessie Owens as their Role Model in Black History. Jessie Owens, born September 12, 1913 was an American track and field athlete and four time Olympic gold medalist. His long jump record stood for 25 years and he is recognized as perhaps the greatest most famous athlete in track and field history. Ms. Sinclair’s class are empowered by Mr. Owens’ quote, “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”
Ms. Spirn’s Class chose Fannie Lou Hamer as their role model in Black History. Fannie Lou Hamer, born October 6, 1917 was an American voting rights activist, civil rights leader and philanthropist. She was involved in organizing Mississippi’s Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Fannie Lou Hamer is an inspiration to the class because she taught people to stand up for what they truly believe in.