In honor of Black History Month, our colleagues from around Catholic Charities of Boston share their reflections on iconic Black heroes from throughout history who inspire them. In Part 5 of this series, Community Interpreter Services team member, Jeff Burgess shares that he is a long-time astronomy fan and is inspired by women's contributions to space travel. He notes, "Nothing would please me more than if one of my three granddaughters became an astronaut."
He was surprised to learn that there have only been three African American women who have gone to space, the second of whom is Boston's own Stephanie Wilson. Jeff shares, "As a matter of fact, [Wilson's] 42 days in space are the most of any African American astronaut, male or female. Stephanie's story inspires me, and I hope it inspires any child, especially any young woman, growing up in America."