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Bessie Coleman

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You probably know that Bessie Coleman was the first black woman pilot. But did you know that She had to pick cotton when she was young? She managed a chili restaurant? She learned to speak French while taking flying lessons in France? Pilots honor her by flying over her grave on Memorial Day? A flying school is named after her? Discover the story behind these facts and mor ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Lerner Publications (first published January 2005)
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John
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A friend's working on a Bessie Coleman book and, so I'd know what she's talking about -- to my shame, I'd never heard of Coleman before -- I thought I'd better get me something quick-to-read about this remarkable woman.

Remarkable she certainly was. At the time Coleman decided she should fly planes, it was assumed women were too feeble-brained for such a task; moreover, Coleman suffered the second disqualification of being black in the apartheid-style society of the early-20th-century USA. In fac
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Whitebeard Books
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This title was suggested to me as part of reading for Black History Month. I am extremely glad that happened. While the writing might not be the best, the story is as wild and exciting as Ms Coleman must have been herself. How I managed to get through a public school education and three college degrees, AND have a pilot's license and a love of flying and had not heard of this amazing renegade in the history of flight is disappointing. But at least now I know. This is a piece of history that is a ...more
Cecille P.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bessie Coleman is an amazing story about a girl becoming the first African American woman pilot. Bessie Coleman was a little girl who dreamed of flying and make that dream come true. Growing up when racism was in tack she still never put her dream away. She went through getting miss treated and turned away do to the color of her skin and the gender she is. This book has great facts and awesome real pictures from that time ,but the book has some off topic facts which can be a little annoying some ...more
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