Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman, c. 1922. The world’s first person of African descent to hold an international aviation license as well as the United States’ first African American female aviator. And…..she was from Chicago!

You have to read her story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessie_Coleman. There needs to be a movie made about her life, ASAP. She was a bad-ass!

The city honored Queen Bess in 1990 by renaming old Mannheim Road to Bessie Coleman Drive…the address of O’Hare Airport!

106 notes

Show

  1. tergiverso reblogged this from calumet412
  2. apurplesupervillain reblogged this from tonybreed
  3. theobscureone reblogged this from calumet412
  4. planetofconfusion reblogged this from aquarianempire
  5. aquarianempire reblogged this from blkfreedom
  6. fashionableoutfits reblogged this from calumet412
  7. gcc773 reblogged this from calumet412 and added:
    MY GREAT AUNT
  8. antilamentation reblogged this from magpieandwhale
  9. tiviet reblogged this from calumet412
  10. naturaljaneofalltrades reblogged this from chocolatehighhh
  11. berezy reblogged this from iglishmek
  12. iglishmek reblogged this from calumet412
  13. bumsport reblogged this from blkfreedom and added:
    The More We Know.
  14. amazonpoodle reblogged this from glamaphonic
  15. randommusingsofawanderingpunk reblogged this from chocolatehighhh and added:
    Pride.
  16. lifeasmabel reblogged this from chocolatehighhh
  17. blkfreedom reblogged this from chocolatehighhh
  18. chocolatehighhh reblogged this from calumet412
  19. klembot reblogged this from parisian-skies
  20. bygoshbygolly reblogged this from glamaphonic
  21. byanyandallmeans reblogged this from calumet412
  22. inrequimby reblogged this from gaymergirls
  23. laughtothewind reblogged this from parisian-skies
  24. dotthings reblogged this from magpieandwhale