Watch Two Mini Documentaries About Bessie Coleman. by superselected · Bessie Coleman, Black Herstory, History · 26 Jan 2017 Today marks the 125th birthday of barrier-breaking aviator Bessie Coleman. Born on January 26, 1892, the child of sharecroppers Coleman made history by becoming the African American woman to hold a pilot license. Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman Black HistoryBessie Coleman DocumentariesBlack Women AviatorsBlack Women Online Fashion MagazineBlack Women Pilots SHARE by superselected Related Content Editorials. Mayowa Nicholas. ELLE UK. Images by Ronan McKenzie. Zendaya and Storm Reid for LOVE Magazine. Images by Alasdair McLellan. Campaigns. Tyler Mitchell for JW Anderson Spring 2020.