A&M Celebrates 'Hallmark' Anniversary

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(COLLEGE STATION) It's a milestone finally reached for Aggies; celebrating 50 years of inclusion at Texas A&M. Living and learning at a university that no longer defines people by what they look like.

"All around me was this world that didn't necessarily consider me as an astronaut or someone who could go into space," said Dr. Mae Jemison, who is the first female African American Astronaut.

Jemison has defined the odds. She went into orbit on September 12, 1992 on the space shuttle Endeavour.

"I was very determined to do those things that I wanted to do and I assumed I would have an opportunity to go," Jemison said. "One day, I would go."

She spoke to a packed Rudder Auditorium on Tuesday to men and women of all ages and races. Jemison said a person's color and sex should not define who they are or what they can do with their life.

"Here I was as a little girl looking up in space and people tried to tell me that women can never be astronauts," Jemison said. "I could never believe that."

She said the sky is not the limit and anyone can defy the odds; no matter what life hands you.

"Sometimes its not the folks you think who make a difference," Jemison said.

"What the people before her had to go through, being canceled and then finally getting that opportunity was inspiring," said Norma Bowser, who attended the event. She and her peers said they are now ready to chase their dreams.

"Did you get inspired?" Bowser asked her friend.

"Yes, I'm going to be an astronaut," her friend said.