B Is For Bessie Coleman

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To be alive when this flying ace took to the skies. There was no limit to her abilities and capabilities. For this brave African-American woman, the skies were her playground.

  • Bessie Coleman was known as  “Brave Bessie,” “Queen Bess,” and “The Only Race Aviatrix in the World.” 
  • Her love of flying was thanks in part to her brother, who bragged about French women who could fly. She moved to France and received her international pilot’s license.
  • Bessie saved enough money and bought her own plane nicknamed, “Jenny”.
  • At an exhibition in Texas, she refused to perform before a segregated crowd. From thereon, she was lauded as one who stood up for her beliefs.

Bessie Coleman symbolizes courage, bravery and one who dared to fly higher than imposed limits.

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