Trailblazing mathematician reached for the stars, landed on the moon.


Jeanette Scissum

“YOU’RE GOING TO COLLEGE.” Many parents have spoken these words to their children, but when Mr. Scissum made this statement to his daughter, Jeanette, he never envisioned that one day, she would attend meetings with renowned rocket scientist Dr. Wernher Von Braun, help to shape America’s space program, and eventually land a man on the moon. Jeanette Scissum, the daughter of a sharecropper farmer, was the first African American female mathematician and scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center…


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