Today’s Google doodle marks the 125th birthday of Bessie Coleman, the first female pilot of African-American and Native American descent.
The doodle includes an animated image of Bessie – or “Queen Bessie” as she was known during her exhibition flying career – and links to a query for “Bessie Coleman.”
After being denied admittance to an aviation school in the U.S. because she was an African-American woman, Coleman moved to Paris and earned an international pilot’s license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
From the Google Doodle Blog:
Here is the animated image being displayed on Google’s homepage in the U.S., Canada and a handful of other countries around the world:
Coleman’s life was cut short during a flight with William Willis, her mechanic and publicity agent. She was thrown from the plane piloted by Willis, who also died when their flight went down outside of Jacksonville, Florida.
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