Bessie Coleman
This incredible pilot was born on March 23, 1893 in Amarillo, Texas and sadly, passed away during a test flight in 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida.

How She Broke the Glass Ceiling: Denied the right to fly an airplane because she was black and a woman, Bessie Coleman stood up against the odds and won. Not letting the bigotry in the U.S. stop her, Coleman took her money and dream to Europe and took flying lessons from German and French aviators. Due to all her hard work she earned an international pilot's license, making her the first African-American woman to receive one ever.

"Bessie made it possible for women to see that there are ways around sexism and racism."- Frank Russo, Janitor



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