Elgin Community College is kicking off Black History Month with a Friday (Feb. 7, 2020) breakfast featuring Gigi Coleman‘s wonderful portrayal of her great aunt and daredevil pilot, Bessie Coleman.
Tickets to ECC’s Black History Month kickoff breakfast are still available, but going fast. The breakfast takes place at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Building E at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for non-students and can be reserved online at this link.
Coleman earned her pilot’s license in 1921 in France, two years before her more famous contemporary, Amelia Earhart. Denied admission to American aviation schools because of her race and gender, she learned French and went to France.On June 15, 1921, she received her pilot’s license from the highly respected Federation Aeronautique International, becoming the first American to earn this international pilot’s license in France.In 1995, Gigi’s mother, Marion, successfully petitioned the United States Postal Service for the Bessie Coleman postal stamp.
Following her mother’s commitment to Queen Bess’ legacy, Gigi is passionate in her endeavors to inform the world about Bessie’s achievements in the field of aviation.
She tours her one-woman show and portrays the story of her Great-Aunt Bessie to challenge the minds of the young and old and to encourage individuals to achieve their dreams.
She has performed for audiences at the Cleveland Women’s Air and Space Museum, Embry Riddle University, Florida Memorial University, United Airlines, Charles H. Wright Museum and the Northern Indiana Mayor’s Roundtable to name a few
Gigi Coleman also inspires youth to be interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through her aviation 501(C)3 program – The Bessie Coleman Aviation All-stars (BCAA). Its mission is to expose disadvantaged youth to career opportunities in the field of aviation.
For more information, visit the Bessie Coleman website
SOURCE: Elgin Community College and Bessie Coleman websites