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Did You Know? Bessie Coleman is the First African-American Woman to Hold a Pilot’s License

The spirit of being a trailblazer didn’t just start today but decades back, African women have been exhibiting how far they can go to achieve unique successes for a long time now, one of such women is Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license. 

Born in 1892, Bessie Coleman always knew she wanted to fly. Although she was rejected by aviation schools in the United States, Coleman never allowed that kill her dream to become a pilot.

She went ahead to learn French and she was later accepted at a flight school in France. In 1921, Coleman graduated from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and secured her place in history as the first African-American woman to receive a pilot’s license, though some have reported she was the first African-American person period to receive such a license.

She was also the first Native-American woman to do so. Her father, George Coleman, was Native American and black.

When she returned to the United States, she used her knowledge to become a stunt pilot and perform at air shows. In 1922, Coleman became the first African-American woman to make a public flight.

Coleman entertained audiences with her aerial stunts until her death in1926, from an accident during a rehearsal for an aerial show.

We Celebrate Queen Bessie Coleman 

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