Born to a family of sharecroppers in Texas, Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license in 1921. In those days African Americans, Native Americans, and women had no flight training opportunities in the United States, so she saved and obtained sponsorships to go to France for flight school. She went on to become a high-profile pilot in notoriously dangerous air shows in the United States. Her pioneering role was an inspiration to early pilots, African Americans, Native Americans and women around the world.
Presenter: Gigi Coleman