Centennial Celebration of Bessie Coleman

In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first African-American woman and first Native American to earn an aviation pilot’s license and the first African-American person and first Native American to earn an international aviation license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. This year we celebrate 100 years of the runway that Bessie paved which inspired early pilots

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Premiere Screenings of Bessie Coleman, First Black Aviatrix as part of the 25th The Black Harvest Film Festival

MEDIA CONTACTS: Karen Durham 312-846-2074 kdurham@saic.edu  Lori Hile 312-846-2077 lhile@saic.edu   GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO TO PRESENT CHICAGO PREMIERE SCREENINGS OF BESSIE COLEMAN, FIRST BLACK AVIATRIX AS PART OF THE 25TH THE BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL Special guests include Gigi Coleman Brooms, great-niece of Bessie Coleman Chicago—As part of

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Google Doodle Celebrates the Legacy of Pioneering Aviator Bessie Coleman

The letters spelling Google were rendered in the vapor trails of swooping, looping biplanes in a Doodle marking what would be the 125th birthday of aviator Bessie Coleman, Thursday. Coleman became the first female pilot of African-American descent, and also the first woman of Native American descent, to hold a pilot’s license. And she soared

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