Gone But Not Forgotten: Happy Birthday To The First Black Female Pilot!

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Bessie_Coleman_WHM_031014_wikipediaIn 1922, a time of both gender and racial discrimination, Coleman broke barriers and became the world’s first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she took it upon herself to learn French and move to France to achieve her goal. After only seven months, Coleman earned her license from France’s well known Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation.

Though she wanted to start a flying school for African Americans when she returned to the U.S., Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, and earned a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. In 1922, hers was the first public flight by an African- American woman in America.

Tragically, on April 30, 1926, Coleman was killed in an accident during a rehearsal for an aerial show which sent her plummeting to her death. She was only 34 years old.Coleman remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation.

article found @http://www.biography.com/people/bessie-coleman-36928#breaking-barriers


  • Steve Myers July 26, 2019 - 10:57 am

    Love Black History and Never Get Tired of Reading and Learning! I Go Back, with this story, a Long Way!

    • Jonathanwest July 26, 2019 - 12:19 pm


      • Kelvin Wilson July 28, 2019 - 8:52 am

        Bless her heart my she rest in peace, forever in my heart sista girl did it.

    • Raymond August 16, 2019 - 10:51 am

      I too, love black history however, let’s remember that it and what we recognize as US History not only go hand in hand but function as one: American History. Blacks in American History sounds closer the truth than black history.

  • Tammy Denease July 26, 2019 - 1:19 pm

    Thank you for highlighting this pioneer. Bessie received her international pilots license June 15, 1921.

    • SAve by grace! July 27, 2019 - 12:22 am

      Thank you for the information.

      • L'vester Farrell July 28, 2019 - 8:40 am

        She’s an inspiration to us all. Peace and blessings always Supreme Farrell in New York City and Las Vegas

  • Kathleen Anderson July 26, 2019 - 4:50 pm

    Bessie was the first FEMALE period to earn a pilot’s license! Ms. Coleman earned her license even before Amelia.

  • Archie Cogollos July 27, 2019 - 2:37 pm

    This is an Epic story…a true story that needs to be told…would love to see it…

  • Raymo, McArthur July 27, 2019 - 2:37 pm

    That is wonderful information our young generation today knows very little about great pioneers of the pass because , future teachers, instructor refuse to teach young black kids history of how blacks contributed a great deal to American history

    • Wayne August 20, 2019 - 1:08 am

      Smart, daring, very cute, hats off too this female pioneer

  • Archie Cogollos July 27, 2019 - 2:43 pm

    Amazing story. Poof that with drive and desire , goals can be reached and obstacles can be overcome. Imagine the sacrifice , imagine the odds. The book and movie would go through the roof…This is what we need to see and hear…

    • Craig July 29, 2019 - 7:39 am

      Many educators want to teach Black History but their hands are tied by administrators and school boards.

  • Vinette E Turner July 27, 2019 - 7:15 pm

    I have the book

    • DRUBBER H MORTON JR. July 28, 2019 - 7:08 am


  • James M Gregory July 28, 2019 - 12:31 pm

    They should make a movie about her . they did of Amelia.

  • LaDonna Harris July 29, 2019 - 5:59 am

    So nice to hear ALL of America’s history! Should have heard this decades ago! Perhaps All of our istory truly told would have helped to keep racial tension out of our history. Just goes to show you that there are many stories that remain untold that could have had monumental changes on our national heritage!

  • Angela Wilkinson August 15, 2019 - 9:16 am

    This is AWESOME! Thank you! For sharing and posting! Please watch on YouTube ” Uncovered in the Archives The Colored Citizen” Episode by “EMPIRE PBS KVCR Producer Brad Pomerance on My Great Great Grandfather Former Slave “Israel Beal’ who was an Important Man who helped with the Development of a Major City of Redlands CA.