Queen Bee’s 125th Birthday

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Born in 1892, Bessie Coleman grew up in a small cotton town in Texas with her family of 13 children.

Her siblings and her walked four miles to get to her segregated school where she excelled in academics, specially in mathematics.

At the age of 23, she moved to Chicago where she worked two jobs.

Because of the strict segregation rules in the United States, she moved to France with her savings and attended flight school there.

She earned her license in seven months from Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation, becoming  the first African American female pilot.

Upon returning to the United States, she became known for stunt flying and barnstorming.

She is also praised for rejecting to perform for segregated audiences.

For this and much more, Queen Bee will forever be a cherished and celebrated character in American history.