As the first African-American female astronaut, Mae Jemison inspired Riri Williams to become a scientist. When Riri was in elementary school, she tried to have her teacher replicate the same kind of adversity Jamison experienced, in order to further motivate herself and prove people wrong like her idol did.

For Riri's thirteen birthday, Riri's friend Natalie Washington managed to get hold of Mae Jamison, and have the former astronaut speak to Riri through the phone.[1]

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