Black History Now 2021

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman, 1892 – 1926, was a legendary aviation pioneer of mixed African and Native-American ancestry. Due to racial restrictions in the United States at that time, Coleman traveled to France where she learned French and received an international pilot’s license in 1921. In 1922, she returned to the United States where she developed a career as an aviator and barnstormer. Through her example, many African-Americans and women were encouraged to seek opportunities in the field of aviation.

To learn more about early American aviators, visit:
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Bessie Coleman