Bessie Coleman Barbie inspires youth to look to the skies

American Airlines and Barbie® partnered together to honor the legacy of Bessie Coleman, the first Black and Native American woman to earn a pilot’s license in 1921. To celebrate her birthday, customers flying Flight AA771 from Dallas-Fort Worth to New York received the newly released Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Series Bessie Coleman doll.

American continued to inspire the next generation of aviators by hosting a special program for aviation students at the Ronald E. McNair public school 5 in Brooklyn, New York — a place designed to inspire youth to follow and build upon Bessie Coleman’s rich legacy.

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Bessie Coleman blazed a trail for representation as the first Black and Native American woman to earn a pilot’s license in 1921. She bravely broke down barriers within the world of aviation and paved the path for many to follow.

Images: © American Airlines


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