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BESSIE COLEMAN, First Black Avriatrix

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On the 15th June of 1921, after a final trial, Bessie Coleman lands her Nieuport 82 on Le Crotoy beach (France) and thus become the first Afro-American woman to hold an international pilot license. Her dream of becoming a pilot, sowed during the exhausting cotton harvests in Texas and matured in Chicago with the help of some generous sponsors, could only happen in France during the post World War One period, where the skin color and the woman social status are no obstacles. Since the beginning of her odyssey in the Southern countryside, Bessie’s great plan is to break the American segregationist barriers that forbid Black people and women to fly, and to open in her own country a flight school accessible to everyone.

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By Olivier Sarrazin
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By Hawanatu Bangura
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By Rami Katz
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