Bessie Coleman Portrait Painting

A portrait painting of Bessie Coleman standing in front of an airplane

As a Black woman, Bessie Coleman achieved what no African American woman had done before in earning a pilot's license. Yet, as monumental as her achievement was, like many of her brothers and sisters, she was still fighting for equality and the most basic of human rights. (Image: A portrait painting of Bessie Coleman - United States Air Force, 120131-F-XX999-004).