11 US A Bessie

11 US A Bessie - Bessie Coleman Bessie Coleman is very well...

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Bessie Coleman Bessie Coleman is very well known. She is recognized throughout the world for being the first African American woman to get a pilots license. Coleman's impact on aviation history and African Americans became apparent following her death. Bessie Coleman Aero Clubs sprang up throughout the country. On Labor Day in1931, these clubs sponsored the first all-African American Air Show. This attracted approximately 15,000 spectators. Bessie was born on January 26, 1892, in Atlanta, Texas. She was born into a large African American family. She was one of 13 children and her family was very poor. Her father was a Native American and her mother was an African American. Bessie and her family moved to Waxahachie, Texas, when she was very young. She grew up picking cotton and doing laundry for customers with her mother. Her family, like many others like hers, was discriminated against. Her father got fed up with it and he moved them to a reservation in Oklahoma. Bessie's mother did not want to live on an
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