Bessie Coleman:the first african american aviator

Today, as I wanted to do some research for a next post I saw on the Google homepage that it was some kind of memorial. Curious about it, I clicked on the link and realized that it was actually a tribute to Bessie Coleman,the first african american aviator.

I already knew the story of Harriet Quimby (1875-1912) who was the first woman who gained a pilot’s license in the United States of America—but I never heard about Bessie Coleman. And what a better day to learn more about her than today, her birthday.

Who was she? What impact did she have on the world? Why does she remain inspiration for so many people?

Bessie Coleman was born on January 26, 1892 ( 125 years ago) in Atlanta (Texas). Coleman grew up in a cruel world of poverty and discrimination and was inspired by World War I.

In 1915 she moved to Chicago, Illinois, to live with her older brother, Walter. Within months she became a manicurist and moved to a place of her own while continuing to seek and to find—a goal for her life: to become a pilot.

As she developed an interest in aviation, flying schools in the United States denied her entry because neither African Americans, nor women had flight school opportunities in the United States.She was rejected by american school because she was woman and because of the color of her skin—but she was strong and persistent so she saved up money and taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from France’s well-known Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation in just seven months. Bessie Coleman  broke barriers and became the world’s first black woman to earn a pilot’s license.

At a time of gender and racial discrimination, she fought for her dream and she showed the world that when we want, no matter how hard is it or impossible it looks, we can.By the way, she was known as “Queen Bess”—and ,yes indeed, she was a queen.

” I decides blacks should not have to experience the difficulties I had faced, so I decided to open and teach other black woman to fly.” Bessie Coleman

I love that she was hope for women but also for men as she was serving the african american cause.She also wanted to open a flying school for african american in the United States.

“The air is the only place free from prejudices.” Bessie Coleman

She is really inspirational for me because, she didn’t let anybody tell her what she had to do. She was a woman and she was Black and proud to be. She was fighting discrimination, restrictions and difficulties that a woman and an african-american (and actually men and woman of others race as well)had to face in the U.S.

“I thought it was my duty to risk my life to learn aviating, and to encourage men and woman of race.” Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was determinate to fly and on a day of June, 1921, she did it. She became the first Black woman to earn a pilot’s license. She inspire me to work harder and to purchase my dreams. She inspires that no matter how you look, no matter what you want you to do, nobody can take away from achieving your goals but you. She was a brave and smart woman and she was one of those women who changed the world and History because of her industriousness, her passion and her belief in herself. She risked her life in order to achieve what she believed was a right for herself for others, the right of choosing your career orientation, and that your gender and/or your race cannot stop from it.

“I refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer.” Bessie Coleman

Unfortunately she died few years later ina tragic plane crash in 1926. She was only 34 years old  but she made History. Today, I learn about an amazing and brave woman, — I want to celebrate her birthday by remembering how inspirational she is and I hope that no matter where the Queen Bess is,she’s flying high.

Thank you for reading me,

Be blessed, happy and safe.

S.O

 

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