Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an American aviator and the first woman of African American and Native American descent to hold a pilot’s license. She became a pioneer in aviation, defying social and economic barriers to pursue her dream of flying. Coleman faced discrimination and barriers throughout her life, but she remained determined to succeed. She ultimately became a successful stunt pilot, performing at air shows and inspiring generations of African Americans and women to pursue careers in aviation.
Bessie Coleman died on April 30, 1926, aged 34. Her death came as a result of fatal injuries suffered when she fell out of a plane. Although she died at such an early age, her legacy continues to inspire people around the world today.