Bethany Caliaro February 15, 2017 SHOWCASE Black History Month // Bessie Coleman Bethany Caliaro February 15, 2017 SHOWCASE Bessie Coleman was the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from France’s well-known Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation in just seven months. Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, earning a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. She remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation. — Source You can learn even more about Bessie Coleman and her history here or in this video.