Submitted by Imam Lyndon Bilal
When Bessie Coleman returned to the U.S. in September 1921, scores of reporters turned out to meet her. The "Air Service News" noted that Coleman had become "a full-fledged aviatrix, the first of her race."
She was invited as a guest of honor to attend the all-black musical "Shuffle Along." The entire audience, including the several hundred whites in the orchestra seats, rose to give the first African American female pilot a standing ovation.
Over the next five years, Coleman performed at countless air shows. The first took place on September 3, 1922, in Garden City, Long Island.
The "Chicago Defender" publicized the event saying the "wonderful little woman" Bessie Coleman would do "heart thrilling stunts."... Read Mar. 10, 2017's Issue Here.