She was a forward-thinking leader. And not surprisingly, fans nicknamed her “Queen Bess.” Coleman broke racial barriers and inspired many people. Sadly, as the first black female pilot, she also dealt with racism and sexism along the way.
Eventually, Coleman’s perseverance paid off. She turned an incredible dream into a reality. A pioneer and a visionary, Bessie Coleman is one of history’s greatest inspirational leaders. So, without further ado, we present 20 Bessie Coleman Facts: America’s First Black Female Pilot.
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Math saved her from manual labor
Bessie Coleman’s propensity for mathematics saved her from working in the cotton fields.
She wasn't just the first black female pilot
Bessie Coleman was also the first Native American female pilot. On June 15, 1921, Coleman was the first American woman to obtain an international pilot’s license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
She was a flight pioneer
On Labor Day in 1922, Bessie Coleman staged the first public flight by an African American woman. She was popular at aerial shows but refused to play for segregated audiences.