Bessie Coleman had a dream. She was going to be the first black woman to fly – she was the only one with an International pilot’s license. She was a trailblazer who fought to succeed despite racism and sexism to achieve that goal in the 1920s.
This cover of “Blackbird” by Black music artist Dionne Farris captures the 1920’s popular musical style with a blues groove.
Bye Bye Blackbird
First published in 1925, this song was covered by Black music artist James Govan (died July 18, 2014) and is featured on the “Wanted: The FAME Recordings” album, recorded in 1972 but not released until 2013.
Celebrate Black History – Discover Her Story
Bessie Coleman refused to take “no” for an answer.
Black Bird charts Bessie’s determined rise to meet her challenge. It is a celebration of her spirit and heroic achievements.
WW I had ended. Opportunity was knocking and Bessie realized that aviation was a ground floor way in for Black people and a new future.
See the full script below.