U.S. Census Bureau Black History Month Feature for Feb. 18
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18: BESSIE COLEMAN
Profile America for the 18th day of Black History Month. Bessie Coleman picked cotton to help support her family and finished high school by studying on her own. Her dream was to fly, but no flying school would accept her because of her gender and race. So, she learned French and went to France, where she earned her International Flying License, making her the only licensed black woman pilot in the world. Bessie Coleman died in a crash while practicing for an air show in 1926 — her controls jammed by a loose hand tool. There are 123,000 pilots and flight engineers in the U.S., slightly more than 4 percent female and less than 1 percent African-American. This special edition of Profile America is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau, conducting the 2010 Census beginning April 1st.
Sources: U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 596
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look under the “Newsroom” button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau