DAY 16: Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman - Pilot, Aviator
Born: January 26th, 1892
Died: April 30th, 1926
Bessie Coleman was the world's first African-American female pilot. She was denied access into American flying schools because of her race, so she decided to learn french, moved to France and receive her pilot license there.
Other Coleman Facts
- Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas.
- She was a stunt and parachuting pilot.
- Coleman had 12 other siblings.
"I knew we had no aviators, neither men nor women, and I knew the race needed to be represented..."
For more on Bessie Coleman, check out biography.com
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