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IN MARCH, 2017, BCAL CONTINUED  THE 4TH YEAR OF ESSAY AWARDS AT THE PAXON HIGH SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDIES IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA.  THE THREE 2017 AWARDS WERE GIVEN TO: LAURYN FEACHER, 1ST PLACE, HANNAH TAPA, 2ND PLACE AND FAY BRENA MELTON, 3RD PLACE.

THE PAXON SCHOOL SITS ON THE AIRFIELD WHERE BESSIE COLEMAN MET HER DEATH WHILE PRACTICING FOR AN AIRSHOW. 

SIGN PLACED ON PAXON FIELD  MARCH 2, 2017.


BCAL WILL PRESENT THEIR NEW FLYING LESSONS AWARD THIS AUGUST AT ITS ANNUAL BREAKAST WITH THE NATIONAL BLACK COALTION OF FEDERAL AVIATION EMPLOYEES (NBCFAE)IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.  

THE PURPOSE OF THE AWARD IS TO PROMOTE THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LEGACY OF BESSIE COLEMAN WHICH WAS TO OFFER FLYING LESSONS TO A RECIPIENT WHO SEEK TO OBTAIN A PILOT'S LICENSE.
  

On January 26, 1892  Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was born in a one-room, dirt-floored cabin in Atlanta, Texas, to George and Susan Coleman. When Bessie was two years old, her father, a day laborer, moved his family to Waxahachie, Texas, where he bought a quarter-acre of land and built a three-room house. In 1901 George Coleman left his family. Bessie's mother and two older brothers went to work and Bessie was left as caretaker of her two younger sisters.

BESSIE COLEMAN BIO 5 19 2017



 



   
 
 PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE BUSINESS AVIATION COMMUNITY

      

 
 
 

 



A REMARKABLE JOURNEY.
AN  OUTSTANDING FUTURE.

 THE BESSIE COLEMAN  AEROSPACE LEGACY,Inc. 

In 1995,  several people met in Baltimore, Maryland and formed the Bessie Coleman Foundation, Inc. which later became the Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy, Inc (BCAL). At that founding meeting at the home of  Jill Brown was Lorraine Spencer (Vice President, Public Relations), Captain Beverly  Armstrong, (President), Michelle, a colleague of Captain Armstrong, Patrice Clark-Washington, (Treasurer), Sheldon Smith,(Communications Director) and Mr. Charles Horn.  Shirley Tyus later volunteered to be a part of BCF and Vice President so that Lorraine Spencer could concentrate on Public Relations.  Ms.  Marion Coleman strongly participated in legacy activities nationwide.  

BCAL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC.   

 

 

  
CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTO: Patrice Clark-Washington 
First Black woman pilot for a commercial airline.