Bessie Coleman, 1st female African-American pilot, a part of LI history

Bessie Coleman refused to let racism and sexism

Bessie Coleman refused to let racism and sexism ground her dream of becoming a pilot. (February 10, 2014 6:50 PM)

As a child picking cotton in Texas, Bessie Coleman vowed to one day "amount to something."

It was the early 1900s, a time when being black in the Deep South meant discrimination, danger and death. But Coleman refused to let racism and sexism ground her dream of becoming a pilot.

Rejected by American flight schools because of her race, Coleman went to France and learned to fly biplanes....

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