SEATTLE, Jan. 19, 2024—In 1921 Bessie Coleman, 28, overcame both racial and gender discrimination to become the first African American woman to earn a pilot license. On Feb. 3 at 1 p.m., Bessie's great-niece, Gigi Coleman, will deliver a dynamic performance recalling the life and times of her courageous auntie. Bessie Coleman became a famous air show performer who encouraged African Americans and women to pursue careers in aviation. Gigi Coleman portrays Bessie’s story to challenge the mind and inspire individuals to achieve their dreams. The program is free with Museum membership and included with general admission.

Gigi Coleman

Gigi Coleman wants to inspire youth to be interested in STEM Education Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. She designed an aviation program, the 501(c)3 Bessie Coleman Aviation All-Stars, to expose disadvantage youth to career opportunities in the field of aviation. The program is designed to enhance self-esteem multicultural awareness, preparation for the world of work and support educational and STEM programs. The program is supported by hands-on activities speakers and field trips. The program exposes students to careers that they would not consider.

Images: Gigi Coleman standing on the wheel of a Curtiss JN-4, © Copyright Leonardo Correa Luna  2014. Bessie Coleman standing on the wheel of a Curtiss JN-4 circa 1922, photo Public Domain.


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