|In 1922 Bessie Coleman
became the first licensed black pilot in the United States.
Inspire Blacks to Become Pilots
Because of Bessie Coleman, we have overcome
that which was much worse than racial barrier. We have overcome the
barriers within ourselves and dared to dream.
Lt. William J. Powell
The historic flight of the Wright brothers in 1903 sparked a universal
enthusiasm for flying. But as in most areas of life, formidable obstacles
and discrimination faced black Americans who had dreams of flying.
Among the obstacles that blacks had to overcome was the widely held
notion in the aviation community that blacks lacked even the ability
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