Meet Bessie Coleman, The First Black Woman to Earn a Pilot's License
A position in Europe presented itself at my job several years ago. Surprisingly I was the only person that expressed an interest. I was in good standings, met the criteria and past the initial interview. If accepted, the job would pay for all moving expenses. I was intrigued about how life was on the other side of the ocean. Some of the places of interest were The Eiffel Tower, in France, The Colosseum, in Italy, and Big Ben, in London. I wanted to go, or at least I thought I did.
I anxiously awaited to hear the final decision. I kept hearing rumors that I was the front-runner for the position. However, trepidation started to filter in with each passing day. I began to slither down that slippery slope called fear. What if I don’t like living in England, how will I make it back the states? Was I willing to deal with rainy weather every day? Where would I live? Fear had me in a bear hug so strong that I decline the position before even getting rejected. Regrettably, I felt like it would have been a good move but fear kept me from realizing my dream.
How many of us wanted embark on a new endeavor but froze. Fear is a crippling emotion and can change your life forever; it did mine. I wish I had read more stories of courageous women like Bessie Coleman for inspiration. Bessie Coleman was the first “colored” woman to earn a pilot’s license in 1922. Just remember back in 1922, flying schools in the United States did not allow Blacks. As the saying goes, “there is more than one way to skin a cat.” Working as a manicurist at the time, she studied and learned French. In order to achieve her goal of becoming a pilot, she moved to France and attended Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation.
I’m sure there was some trepidation, but she pursued her passion and did not let fear stop her. Appropriately nicked named “Brave Bessie” she broke gender and racial barriers as she specialized in stunt flying and parachuting. She earned her living by barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. History or in this case her story not only teaches us of what once was, it can also change your future. We can use our history to overcome todays challenges and move forward despite that bugger called fear.
About Christine Taylor
My name is Christine L. Taylor. I grew up with 2 brothers, and was a high school track and field county champ. I continued to run track in college, but missed going to the Olympic trials by 3 tenths of a second. I enjoy learning new languages and how to live eco-friendly. Nowadays, I bike, hike, walk, do yoga and swim. Additionally, I am a buddhist and member of a lay organization that promotes peace, culture and education, (Soka Gakkai International-USA). I am excited about being a staff writer for Holistic Ebony. I believe that you should never stop learning. Learning to live holistically can be enjoyable, easy and in fact such a pleasure that healthy adjustments are not only achievable, but also sustainable. I hope to help you reach your holistic goals. I look forward to hearing from you! Please stay in contact by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.