Bessie Coleman was a trailblazing pilot who overcame racial and gender barriers to achieve her dreams. Born in Texas in 1892, Coleman was the tenth of thirteen children and grew up working in the cotton fields. Despite facing discrimination and limited opportunities, she was determined to pursue her passion for aviation. After being rejected from flying schools in the United States, Coleman learned French and traveled to France to earn her pilot’s license there. Back in the US, she became a skilled stunt pilot and barnstormer, thrilling crowds with her aerial shows. As the first African American woman to obtain a pilot’s license, Bessie Coleman paved the way for future generations of female aviators. Her courageous spirit and tenacity continue to inspire people today.