Black “Girl” History Month

Dear Friends,

Can you believe we are already on Day 5?!!

Today I would like to shine a light on Ms. Bessie Coleman, the first African American female to gain an International Pilot’s License.

Bessie Coleman was born January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas. Her interest in aviation was sparked from the stories of pilots during World War I. Bessie received her aviation training in France because she was denied training from white American pilots. In 1921 she became the first African American to gain an International Pilot License. In 1922, she became the first African American to stage a public American flight. She earned a living doing air shows. Ms. Coleman passed away in 1926 during a flight accident at a rehearsal. Bessie Coleman Middle School in Cedar Hill, TX was named in her honor.

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