Thank you so much Abagond. I read about her, but I forgot. Thanks for reminding me. Thank you Bessie Coleman for being an amazing icon and inspiration!
Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) was the first Black American female pilot ever.
Her mother was born a slave and could not read. Her father was a black Choctaw Indian. Bessie was the tenth of 13 children (four died young). They had a house on their own little piece of land in Waxahachie, Texas.
She loved to read. Her mother saved money to rent books from the travelling library that came by twice a year. She read the Bible, Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (she did not want to wind up like Uncle Tom or Topsy!). Most of all she loved the Book of Psalms. She read the Bible to her mother.
She was good with numbers. So, even though she was too much of a daydreamer to be good at picking cotton, she could make sure the foreman did not underpay her family.
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