Black History spotlight on Bessie Coleman

Bessie_Coleman,_First_African_American_Pilot_-_GPN-2004-00027    Bessie Coleman was born in the state of Texas in 1892. Bessie was able to go to school where she was a good reader and loved mathematics. In her 20’s Coleman loved stories that her brothers told her of World War I and how French woman were strong pilots. She began applying for flight schools all over and was denied because of her gender and the color of her skin. She started saving money and with the help of friends, in 1920 took a ship to France. While in France, she trained and earned her international pilot’s license in 1921. She had become the first African American woman to hold an international pilot’s license.

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