Bessie Coleman, b. January 26, 1892: Federation Aeronautique Internationale.
When American flight schools rejected her because she was black and a woman, Coleman raised the money needed to study in France, where she learned to fly and earned her license. Back in the States, she became a celebrity and built a successful career as a barnstorming stunt pilot before her untimely death in 1926. Her influence lived on in Bessie Coleman Aero Clubs, which trained and inspired the next generation of African-American pilots.
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