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Dr. Jemison helps launch Black History Month

Speaking before a packed auditorium Feb. 1 at Roche in Nutley, N.J., Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel into space, launched the company’s celebration of Black History Month, which includes an exhibit on Greats in Science and Medicine, musical and dance performances and other special events for Roche employees during February.

Jemison regaled the audience with insights from her varied career as a physician, astronaut and entrepreneur, and emphasized the importance of science literacy, which promotes understanding and the ability to evaluate change.

Following her lecture, she spent time with children at the Roche Child Care Center. Pictured next to Dr. Jemison is Dianne Keel-Atkins, Roche Child Care Center director. Dr. Jemison is a native of Decatur.Speaking before a packed auditorium Feb. 1 at Roche in Nutley, N.J., Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel into space, launched the company’s celebration of Black History Month, which includes an exhibit on Greats in Science and Medicine, musical and dance performances and other special events for Roche employees during February.

Jemison regaled the audience with insights from her varied career as a physician, astronaut and entrepreneur, and emphasized the importance of science literacy, which promotes understanding and the ability to evaluate change.

Following her lecture, she spent time with children at the Roche Child Care Center. Pictured next to Dr. Jemison is Dianne Keel-Atkins, Roche Child Care Center director. Dr. Jemison is a native of Decatur.

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