Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 26 Birthday: Bessie Coleman


Bessie Coleman, aviator
Jan. 26, 1892-Apr. 30, 1926

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Orchard, 2002)

The first African-American woman airplane pilot’s story is told in approximately two-dozen fictionalized poems a.k.a. eulogies about her life.

PBS features a bio and photo of Coleman on their Fly Girls page.