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I took my dad to the Wright Brother's Museum in Kiity Hawk, North Carolina. I wouldn't have gone on my own. I'm not that interested. But Dad is, and I will be forever grateful to him for giving me the reason to go. Don't miss it if you are ever in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
I was totally surprised by my reaction to the display of firsts and greats in aviation. The first parashooter. The first woman parashooter, the first this and that. I had such an emotional reaction. My eyes welled, my heart reacted. It was a simple display, but the pictures of amazing people who had had a passion and found a way to the passion was so moving.
And of course one of those was Bessie Coleman the first Black Woman Aviator, and one of the most famous of her day. Bessie Coleman was the 1o of a sharecroppers family of 13 children. Her father left them all when she was very young. Yet she managed to go to college for a semester before she ran out of money, get to Europe, learn to fly and support herself with her passion.
"The air is the only place free from prejudices"
Three reasons to love Bessie Coleman
1. Bessie Coleman came from poverty, grew up in world of racism and sexism, yet insisted on 'following her bliss, her passion' and didn't take no for an answer.
2. Bessie Smith didn't forget others. After making a name as a pilot, or aviatirx as it was called then, she started a school to teach other black women to fly.
3. Bessie Smith was an entertainer and an astute business woman who loved life and lived it to the nth degree. In an age when both women and blacks were invisible she was known through out world. Her obituary made the front page headlines in major papers
Bessie Smith, Nobody Owns the Sky
Quick, what do you think of Bessie Coleman?
How Bessie Coleman Got There
"I refused to take no for an answer"
Bessie Coleman Honored With a Stamp
Bessie Coleman Gives Back
"I decided blacks should not have to experience the difficulties I had faced, so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly"
Bessie Coleman Colors the Skies
Bessie Coleman Meets Amelia Earhart
Talk about leaving them begging for more, I really want to see more of this!
Bessie Coleman's Last Risk
A report on Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman Had to Go to France to Learn to Fly
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Lots of Books About Bessie Coleman
Many of them are for children and I can't think of a better role model for kids of any flavor.
In graphic novel format, tells the story of Bessie Coleman, the daring stunt pilot.
Besse Coleman was born in rural Texas in 1892. She loved school, especially learning about numbers, and she was a good reader, too. Yet when it was time to pick cotton she had to work in the fields instead of going to school. Nevertheless, she was determined to be somebody when she grew up. In her early twenties, Bessie moved to Chicago. Perhaps there she could "find a bigger life." In the city, Bessie heard many tales of World War I from returned veterans. She also heard there were woman airplane pilots in France. From then on, she was determined to become a pilot. But she soon found out that no one would teach a woman -- especially a woman with dark skin -- how to fly. To study in France was her only chance, and by working hard and saving her money, she managed at last to get there. Bessie Coleman became the first African-American to earn a pilot's license. She was somebody. The inspiring story of her difficult early years, her success as a stunt pilot putting on daring air shows in many states, and her dedication to telling young African-Americans wherever she went, "You can be somebody. You can fly high just like me," is as moving and important today as it was then. Simply told with evocative full-color illustrations, this is a special book for today's young people.
In 1995 the USPS issued the 18th stamp in the Black Heritage series, this commemorative features Bessie Coleman, or "Queen Bess," as she came to be known, in her leather flight cap and goggles. Coleman was the first African-American female aviator. Born in a one-room cabin, she achieved her dream of becoming a pilot during a time when most African-Americans would not have even considered learning to fly. Coleman was killed on April 30, 1926, when the controls failed on the airplane in which she was a passenger.
Far away, far away, Up past the clouds. High away, fly away, And never come down. More than anything, Bessie Coleman wants to fly. As a small child working in a Waxahachie, Texas, cotton field, she likes to imagine she's a bird, getting ready to spread her wings and fly away. Then, when Bessie learns about the black fighter pilots of World War I, she gets the idea that maybe she really can fly. But no one in the United States will teach her how to fly a plane because she's black and a woman. So Bessie goes to France, where she becomes the first black woman in the world to earn a pilot's license -- and where she finally has the chance to soar with the birds. In lyrical prose, Lynn Joseph tells the inspirational true story of aviator Bessie Coleman. Yvonne Buchanan's buoyant watercolor paintings remind us that sometimes even seemingly unattainable dreams are within our reach.
Describes the life and accomplishments of Bessie Coleman, who overcame racism and poverty to become the first African American woman pilot.
Text and photographs present the life of Bessie Coleman and how she became the first African American women to earn a pilot's license.
As a young woman in the 1920s, Bessie Coleman's chances of becoming a pilot were slim. But she never let her dream die and became the first licensed African-American aviator. In "Nobody Owns the Sky", Reeve Lindbergh honors Coleman's memory with a poem that sings of her accomplishment. Full color Ages 6-9. Pub: 1/98. .
The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
A biography of the woman who became the first licensed Afro-American pilot.
In 1921 few people knew how to fly a plane. That year, Bessie Coleman became the first African-American woman to earn an international pilot's license.
Bessie Coleman the Doll
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