Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise BordenWhen Bessie Coleman was a child, she wanted to be in school -- not in the cotton fields of Texas, helping her family earn money. She wanted to be somebody significant in the world. So Bessie did everything she could to learn under the most challenging of circumstances. At the end of every day in the fields she checked the foremans numbers -- made sure his math was correct. And this was just the beginning of a life of hard work and dedication that really paid off: Bessie became the first African-American to earn a pilots license. She was somebody.
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Bessie Coleman soared across the sky as the first African American, and the first Native American woman pilot. Unfortunately, her career ended with a tragic plane crash, but her life continues to inspire people around the world. In , her father decided to move back to Oklahoma to try to escape discrimination. Instead, the rest of the family stayed in Waxahachie, Texas. Bessie grew up helping her mother pick cotton and wash laundry to earn extra money. By the time she was eighteen, she saved enough money to attend the Colored Agricultural and Normal University now Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. She dropped out of college after only one semester because she could not afford to attend.
Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman January 26, — April 30, was the first female African American pilot ever to hold an international pilot license. She fought discrimination to follow her dream of becoming a pilot. Coleman was born in Texas in Her mother and father were African American. She had two brothers and a young sister.
Bessie Coleman January 26, to April 30, was an American aviator and the first black woman to earn a pilot's license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from France's well-known Caudron Brother's School of Aviation in just seven months. Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, earning a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. She remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation. In , a time of both gender and racial discrimination, Coleman broke barriers and became the world's first black woman to earn a pilot's license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she took it upon herself to learn French and move to France to achieve her goal.
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Bessie Coleman was born on January 26, , in a one-room, dirt-floored cabin in Atlanta, Texas, to George and Susan Coleman, the illiterate children of slaves. When Bessie was two years old, her father, a day laborer, moved his family to Waxahachie, Texas, where he bought a quarter-acre of land and built a three-room house in which two more daughters were born., Bessie Coleman was the first African American to earn an international pilot's license. She dazzled crowds with her stunts at air shows and refused to be slowed by racism a dislike or disrespect of a person based on their race.
Toggle navigation. Her parents were sharecroppers, and when Bessie was two years old her family, including 13 children, moved to Waxahachie, Texas. Bessie lived there until she was She attended a segregated school at 6, and completed 8 grades in her first year. At 12 Bessie enrolled at the Missionary Baptist Church through scholarship. Bessie attended university in Langston at 18 but money ran out after one term and she returned to her family.
She was the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. Born to a family of sharecroppers in Texas , Coleman went into the cotton fields at a young age while also studying in a small segregated school and went on to attend one term of college at Langston University. She developed an early interest in flying, but African Americans, Native Americans, and women had no flight training opportunities in the United States, so she saved up money and obtained sponsorships to go to France for flight school. She then became a high profile pilot in early but also dangerous air shows in the United States. She became popularly known as Queen Bess and Brave Bessie ,  and she hoped to start a school for African-American fliers. Coleman died in a plane crash in while testing a new aircraft.