On this date, June 15, in 1921, Bessie Coleman received the first pilot’s license issued to an African American, male or female, from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.
Coleman was a bravely independent and determined woman, who decided that learning to fly provided an exciting challenge. However, in the early years of the 20th century she had two strikes against her: her race and her gender. Unable to secure flight training in the United States, she went to France and earned her license. [Continue reading biography.]
For further reading and research, see also the Bessie Coleman biography page.