Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot, on January 24, 1923. Coleman was a 28-year-old manicurist in Chicago when she became interested in aviation. After being rejected by every flying school she applied to, Coleman took the advice of Chicago Defender publisher Robert Abbott and went to France to learn to fly. Before she left, she learned French at a Berlitz school in the Chicago loop and, with financial support from Abbott and her own savings from her work as a manicurist and the manager of a chili parlor, Coleman left for Paris on November 20, 1920. 
Ms. Coleman performed in countless air shows over the years and encouraged other African-Americans to learn to fly before her own tragic death at age 34 on April 30, 1926. Her funeral, attended by 10,000 mourners on Chicago’s South Side, was presided over by the legendary journalist and activist Ida B. Wells.

Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot, on January 24, 1923. Coleman was a 28-year-old manicurist in Chicago when she became interested in aviation. After being rejected by every flying school she applied to, Coleman took the advice of Chicago Defender publisher Robert Abbott and went to France to learn to fly. Before she left, she learned French at a Berlitz school in the Chicago loop and, with financial support from Abbott and her own savings from her work as a manicurist and the manager of a chili parlor, Coleman left for Paris on November 20, 1920. 

Ms. Coleman performed in countless air shows over the years and encouraged other African-Americans to learn to fly before her own tragic death at age 34 on April 30, 1926. Her funeral, attended by 10,000 mourners on Chicago’s South Side, was presided over by the legendary journalist and activist Ida B. Wells.

  1. thestoutorialist reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  2. boballende reblogged this from aviholic
  3. flyingtheskies reblogged this from aviholic and added:
    god bless Miss Blessie Coleman and Mr. Robert Abbott. i wish there were still some people like Mr. Abbott who could do...
  4. aviholic reblogged this from globalair
  5. bensgrabbag reblogged this from saintvalens and added:
    And she was a time-traveler as well!
  6. saintvalens reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  7. tealrallythong reblogged this from coachmcguirkscowtattoo
  8. solaceames reblogged this from khaleersula
  9. khaleersula reblogged this from onemonthandthreedays
  10. onemonthandthreedays reblogged this from feministcharacters
  11. pogno-farnon reblogged this from feministcharacters
  12. feministcharacters reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  13. fuckthisshitfucklife reblogged this from liveoutsidethelines
  14. brinytassie reblogged this from darkpuck
  15. pixieauthoress reblogged this from kitchencats
  16. msallen2u reblogged this from blackgirlsrpretty2
  17. sickboooogie reblogged this from vintageblackglamour
  18. ngu-plz reblogged this from blackgirlsrpretty2
  19. paleokid reblogged this from kitchencats
  20. popelizbet reblogged this from polerin
  21. doomburger reblogged this from polerin
  22. kitchencats reblogged this from karnythia