When you think of female aviation pioneers, almost certainly you think of Amelia Earhart. But what of Bessie Coleman, the first African American female pilot who had to learn French in order to apply to a French aviation school because no school in American was willing to teach black women. You can learn more in this post.
Following on from last week’s post, celebrating Black Americans that you may not have heard of, here are some more ground-breaking and amazing pioneers in history that you might be familiar with. I have researched a book for each historical figure, a suitable website and and engaging activity to hook your students. (Disclosure: Some of links below are affiliate links, which means that at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.) Bessie Coleman Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent to earn a pilot’s license. She gained her…