Martin Luther King, Jr. Harriet Tubman. Malcolm X. Shirley Chisholm. When it comes to Black History Month, we all know the lineup of notable contributors to Black history, however history–specifically black history for the purpose of this blog series–is made everyday. Check out today’s spotlight.
Name: Stephanie Wilson
Occupation: NASA Astronaut
The Wikipedia Summary: Stephanie Diana Wilson (born September 27, 1966) is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. She flew on her first mission in space on board the Space Shuttle mission STS-121, and is the second African American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison.
Learn More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_Wilson
Personal Note: As we all know, Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to travel in space. However, a lesser known fact is that of all the African Americans who have actually been in space in the NASA program (meaning that they have actually/literally/physically been in space), only 3 were women. Stephanie Wilson was the second and Joan Higginbotham was the third.