Bessie Coleman - Tie Dye
Bessie Coleman - Tie Dye

Bessie Coleman - Tie Dye

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Bessie Coleman, born one of seven siblings in 1892, became and still is an inspiration and hero in our community. Growing up and seeing her brothers and other siblings travel the world for war, they would tease her and compare her to French women that they encountered. They said that French women even knew how to fly planes. Bessie did not take this lightly. Her response to her siblings would make her the first of her kind. She realized that there were no aviation schools that would accept her in the United States; there were a few business men that sponsored Bessie on her endeavor to become an aviator. She studied in Northern France for 7 months. On June 15, 1921 she became the first African-American to receive a pilot's license in the world. When she returned home, although she was treated like a queen, she realized in order to make money from her craft she would need more training. She raised more money  to go back to Paris because the States would not accept her, even with a pilot’s license. Learning in Paris, Holland,  & Germany she made connections and flew it over the Keiser Palace in Berlin. She went on to do air shows to raise money. Bessie ordered that blacks and whites were allowed to enter into the same entrance or she would not perform. 


Bessie could have settled and she could have quit. Her life was not easy, but she did not let that stop her. Queen Bess will forever be remembered for making history, but also for a story of perseverance and unity. 


“The air is the only place free from prejudice” -Queen Bessie