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