Original Winged-Woman Bessie Coleman
In the year 1922, Bessie Coleman was the first African-American/Native American woman to publicly exhibit her flying stunts in America. Bessie Coleman was driven by an inner compulsion to fly, and at the time, bigotry in the USA threatened to stop that aviation dream. Not to be grounded by prejudice, Bessie Coleman taught herself French, and went to France to take flying lessons. In only 7 months, she became the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license, and she did so, when it would have been easier to accept the status quo of squelched rights and highly limited opportunities for women, and most particularly, for women of color in America.
I gotta say that Winged-Women™ like Bessie Coleman really rev me up! Her unique spirit of following her heart, and her dream of flying, is nothing less than spectacular, particularly when we look at the times. She wasn’t allowed entry into the American flight school, because she was black. And she grew up in severe poverty, and in a time of great strife.
Bessie Coleman loved to perform stunts, and also mastered parachuting. Her relentless spirit is a lesson to us all….
Demanding to break the tethers, Bessie Coleman broke race and gender barriers to become a true aviation pioneer. Sadly, at the age of 34, Bessie Coleman perished on April 30, 1926, during a rehearsal for an aerial show in which she plummeted to her death.
Bessie Coleman is a powerful role model for women of any race. And today, we celebrate her birthday. As Winged-Women™ we would be hard pressed to find a better role model for owning our power, and our wings, despite the barriers.
The Bessie Coleman chapter teaches these young women (and some men) to own their wings. One of the students mentions that when she is in that aircraft, all else is small, and she thinks only of flying. This statement is one I have said myself, on many occasions. The feeling of flying is untouched by any other thrill I have ever experienced. And when we look a bit closer at Bessie Coleman, we also see her influence at NASA. This month, the true story of Hidden Figures, the black women who made NASA what it is today, hit the theatres to rave reviews. We owe this milestone moment, to pioneering spirits like Bessie Coleman.
To celebrate this great winged-woman aviatrix, The Flying Game is available at a tremendous savings. But only thru this PayPal link. And apologetically, only available in the continental US.
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The Flying Game