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Pioneering Aviator Bessie Coleman Featured in Union County’s Black History Month Series

bessie colemanUnion County, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners is pleased to celebrate Black History Month with a free, live performance of An Interview with Bessie Coleman, an exploration of the life and times of the first African-American woman to become a licensed airplane pilot and the first American to hold an international pilot license.

The interactive performance will be streamed live on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, featuring Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Rebecca L. Williams as the special guest interviewer.

Bessie Coleman was raised on a farm and her early education took place in a one-room schoolhouse. Denied pilot training by American schools, she traveled to France to realize a lifelong dream and make her mark in the early years of aviation history.

An Interview with Bessie Coleman is presented by the acclaimed historical interpreter, actress, educator and writer Dr. Daisy Century. Dressed in an authentic bomber’s jacket, boots and scarf, Dr. Daisy Century as Bessie Coleman is an exciting portrayal of a beautiful, determined woman who knew what she wanted and made it happen.

To view An Interview with Bessie Coleman and participate on Zoom, pre-register by clicking here. The event will also be available as a livestream on Union County’s Facebook Page.

An Interview with Bessie Coleman is organized through the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation, and is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

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