•  In 1929 Bessie Coleman’s amazing accomplishments were the direct result of America’s first African American flying school opening in Chicago where over 35% of the famed Tuskegee Airmen first learned to fly.
  • In 1929 the 1st Bessie Coleman Aero Club was founded in Los Angeles.
  • In 1931 the Bessie Coleman Aero Club sponsored the first all-Negro Air Show in the United States. 15,000 people showed up.
  • In 1933 a group of flyers inspired by Bessie performed a fly-over of her grave on Memorial Day to drop flowers. This fly-over tradition continues today.
  • In 1984 Mae Jamison, the first, and only, Black female astronaut in the world, was so moved By Bessie’s accomplishments she stated…”I point to Bessie Coleman and say without hesitation that here is a woman, a being, who exemplifies and servers as a model to all humanity: the very definition of strength, dignity, courage, integrity and beauty.”
  • In 1990 at Chicago O’Hare Airport the street Old Manhattan Road was re-named Bessie Coleman Drive.
  • In 1992 Mayor John Daley issued a proclamation declaring May 2nd as “Bessie Coleman Day” in the City of Chicago.
  • On March 27, 1993 in Chicago, the Bessie Coleman Library was opened.
  • In 2001 the state of Texas finally recognized Bessie with a monument in the town of Waxahachie where she grew up.
  • In 2004 the beautiful “Bessie Coleman Park” was opened in Chicago.
  • In 2005 Cedar Hills, Texas, opened the new Bessie Coleman Middle School.
  • In 2014 on February 14th. The Oakland International Airport in California renamed a portion of Airport Drive to Bessie Coleman Drive.
  •  But perhaps the most deserving honor came in 1992 when the United States Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating her achievements noting: …”Even sixty-five years after her death she continues to have a positive influence on millions of young people, and in doing so has achieved the statues of… AN AMERICAN LEGEND.”