Southern University is hosting its 136th Founders’ Day on Wednesday with a special appearance by Mae Jemison, the first black woman NASA astronaut who went to space.

The theme of the celebration will focus on honoring former engineering student pioneers who were among the first black people to be recruited in the 1960s by NASA. In 1992, Jemison flew into space aboard the Endeavor Space shuttle.

The day long festivities will begin at 8 a.m. at Southern University Laboratory School. The convocation and community prayer brunch, where Jemison will speak, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the F. G. Clark Activity Center.

There will be a book signing that follows for the book “We could not fail: The first African Americans in the Space Program,” by Steven Moss and Richard Paul.

A Founders’ Day birthday party will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Smith-Brown Memorial Union.