This month we salute those High Flyers. There are no limits to what we can achieve
Bessie Coleman is an African American and Native American who became an aviator. She was born in Atlanta Texas in 1892 and got her pilot’s license in France in 1921 because American flight schools did not allow African Americans in.
She made a living doing air shows. She bought her own plan
She died in an accident in 1926.
Mae C Jemison is an African American engineer, physician, and former NASA Astronaut. She was born in Alabama in 1956 but her family moved to Chicago.
When she joined NASA she worked in Launch Support and later on a Space Shuttle mission. She logged 190 hours in space and orbited the earth 127 times. On her mission she took a poster of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a statue from West Africa and a photo of Bessie Coleman from her pilot’s license.