Today I had the privalage to hear Dr. Harris Jr. speak in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day. Why was this a privalage and what did he speak about? Dr. Harris is the first African American to walk in space and he spoke of his experiences, the need to continue working hard for equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion, and more. It was very inspirational and I was excited to meet such an amazing person who has completed many terrestrial missions as well, helping millions of kids go into STEM through his foundation
He shared that for many, dreams are deferred but through determination and perseverance, they can be achieved. It is important to create an environment where people can dream and dare. What happens when you can't reach for the stars literally or figuratively is that all people suffer- where would we be without Individuals like Martin Luther King or Dr Harris? We would be missing out on the richness of life and enrichment of life, I believe.
I am very grateful for people like him who pave the way and for the opportunity to share my dream of showing how cool STEM, diversity, and arts are. Dr. Harris noted that we are all capable of supporting one another in many different ways. I hope you are encouraged and in turn encourage others!