BCAL, a non-profit organization with a mission to continue the legacy of Bessie Coleman by encouraging minorities to enter the field of aviation. “Queen Bess” was the first American woman to earn an international pilot’s license.
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FLY SISTER FLY 2017 BESSIE COLEMAN AEROSPACE LEGACY AWARD WINNER,
UNITED AIRLINES HIGHEST-RANKING
AFRICAN-AMERICAN FEMALE OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE
In August, Michelle Brown, Managing Director, Airport Operations, United Airlines was one of Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy 2017 Fly Sister Fly award recipients.
FLYING LESSONS AWARD TAKES OFF THIS AUGUST!
BCAL PRESENTS THE FIRST FEMALE FLYING LESSONS AWARD, AUGUST 2017. FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE ORGANIZATION OF AIRLINE PILOTS AND NATIONAL BLACK COALITION OF FEDERAL AVIATION EMPLOYEES EVENTS IN AUGUST 2017.
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENT BY BCAL AND IT'S MEMBERS. THIS AWARD WILL CARRY OUT ONE OF THE MOST TREASURED IDEAS AND GOALS OF AMERICAN PIONEER, BESSIE COLEMAN:TO HELP WOMEN LEARN HOW TO FLY. THIS AWARD WILL SUPPORT AND CAPTURE THE VALUABLE LEGACY OF THE FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN TO EARN AN INTERNATIONAL 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.
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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.
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First Black woman pilot for a commercial airline.