Black History Month in Paris

Black History Month in Paris

Black History Month is each February. This year 2019 is particularly poignant as it marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in America. Although France is certainly not without racism quite a number of Black Americans found their place in France and Paris. A few of this community include: these three women to whom we offer hommage.

Bessie Coleman

The story of Bessie Coleman, who made history by coming to France to earn her pilot's license in 1921 when no America flight school would admit a black woman, is inspiring. Coleman had heard about an aviation school at Le Crotoy in France. Focusing on her dream while working at a beauty salon in Chicago by day, she would study French at night. When race riots broke out in Chicago, Bessie Coleman made up her mind to use her small savings to cross the Atlantic and set up in the fishing village on the Somme Bay. There is a street named for her in Paris 20th. Rea…

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