On September 12, 1992, she became the first African-American woman to journey into space. She was aboard the Endeavour as part of the STS-47 mission, the 50th mission of the Space Shuttle program.
She grew up with a love of both science and the arts, having a passion specifically for dance.
She served in the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987, and in 1993 she appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
She was born to Dorothy Green and Charlie Jemison.
She became the first African-American woman in space after Sally Ride became the first woman in space.