Bessie Coleman Story
By evgordon, Updated
The life of the the first African American to fly a plane
Elizabeth Bessie Coleman was born January 26, 1892. She was 1 out of 13 children. Her father and mother were Susan and George Coleman, both poor croppers. They nicknamed her Bessie. She went to agricultural school and as a little girl worked the Fields.
Bessie Coleman wanted to go out in the real world so she decided to move to Chicago with her older brother. There she got interested in flying. Her brother said in the U.S they won't allow her to fly. She used this as her inspiration for becoming a pilot
They wont let you fly in America I'm sorry.
We will see about that.
To pursue her dream Bessie decided to apply to a french school which was known as the best school of flight of the day. People thought she would not get in but she did. She passed with an incredibly high score. At the school she was one of the best and got a pilot license. Something she would never have been able to do in America.
Its so cool here.
Back at home Bessie and her Dad discussed what Bessie should do next. She new she was the first African American to have a pilot license and she wanted to inspire other African Americans to break boundaries. She wanted to help African Americans. Life would have other plans for her
Because she was not a strong public speaker she became a well known parachute, plane stunt actor. She became very well known and that way she advocated for her race. She was one of the best stunt actors of the time. Unfortunately this influential person died at the age of 38 years old in 1920 while she was practicing a parachute stunt.
Elizabeth Bessie died at age 38 in 1920. She became like the Jackie Robinson of flying even though she came first. She became a influential person for African Americans to go into the field of flight. She would only perform for desegregated crowds. Unfortunately she was only recognized for her work after she was dead.
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