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Bessie Coleman was the African American female to be a pilot.
On June 15, 1921 Bessie became the first black woman to ever earn a license from the prestigious Federation Aeronautique International in France. She was born on January 26,1892 in Atlanta, TX. She went to Langston University for collage. Bessie Coleman broke the barrier for women pilots with her perspective of her flying and her speeches. She was very opened minded of her skin color and her gender. She would refuse to do shows if blacks and whites didn't enjoy her flying. But in a horrible accident in 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida, during a test flight with her mechanic. The mechanic, who was piloting the plane , lost control and Bessie fell from an open cockpit. But as a dream of Bessie Coleman in 1929 her dream of a school for blacks aviators became true when William J. Powell established the Bessie Coleman Aero Club in Los Angeles, California in 1929. Bessie even had a stamp created to honor her accomplishment.