- The headquarters building of NASA in Washington DC has been named after Mary W Jackson
- She was a scientist and was part of a group of very important women in NASA
- Jackson helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has named its headquarters building in Washington DC after Mary W Jackson.
The disclosure was made on Wednesday, July 22, by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.
Jackson was the first African-American female engineer at NASA and she was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space, How African reports.
Legit.ng notes that Jackson led programmes that influenced the hiring and promotion of women in NASA’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.
Carolyn Lewis, Mary's granddaughter, expressed satisfaction over the honour bestowed upon her grandmother.
She said the family is honored that NASA continues to celebrate the legacy of the scientist and humanitarian.
Carolyn said: “She was a scientist, humanitarian, wife, mother, and trailblazer who paved the way for thousands of others to succeed, not only at NASA, but throughout this nation.”
In other news, Nigerians are really shinning on the international scene. They are not only breaking new grounds, but they are also looking after their own.
Kemi Amusan became the president of the Nigerian-Canadian Association, Toronto, in 2019. After she became the president, she promised to move the association forward.
It should be noted that the organisation is to help the economic and social development of its members. It also offers financial and social support to its members.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that in a historic turn of events, two education boards in Ontario appointed black women to the helms of affairs of the boards.
Toronto and Peel, the two largest in the province now have black women at the helm after the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board appointed Camille Williams-Taylor to its top job.
Carlene Jackson took over as interim director in Toronto, while Colleen Russell-Rawlins will soon start as interim director in Peel.