On June 15, 1921, Bessie Coleman etched her name in history as the first Black woman to earn a pilot’s license. Her achievement shattered racial barriers in the aviation industry.
Coleman was born on January 26, 1892, in Atlanta, Texas, to a family of sharecroppers. Growing up in a time of racial segregation and limited opportunities for Black Americans, she faced numerous challenges.
Bessie Coleman pilot’s license in 1921 from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
In 1920, Bessie embarked on a journey to France, a country known for its more inclusive aviation schools. She enrolled at an aviation school near Paris, where she became the first Black woman to train as a pilot.
Sadly, her life was cut short in a tragic accident during a test flight in 1926. Nevertheless, her pioneering spirit left an indelible mark on history, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps.