Air Force Major Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell, the first black female fighter pilot and a mother of two, stopped by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to talk with dozens of children ranging in age from 6 to 12 in the museum’s neighborhood summer enrichment program. Kimbrell, 36, whose family moved from Lafayette to Colorado shortly after she was born, was expected to meet and greet more than 400 visitors during her visit, including families of the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Indianapolis Star sat down with Kimbrell after she met with a class of kids:
Q: What message do your achievements send to African-American women, or women in general?
A: Hopefully the message is that there’s no barrier too high. That there’s nothing they can’t do. One is to set goals for yourself. It’s kind of like the road map through life and there’s no way you’re going to get somewhere if you don’t know where you’re going. And two is to believe in yourself, because you’re the only one that knows what you can do. And finally, never quit.