National African American History Month 2012 Proclamation
Fly - Girl
Bessie Coleman, First African American and Woman Aviator
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA
This Year's Theme:
"Black Women In America Culture and History"
Bessie Coleman was the first African American and woman to overcome aviation and extreme discrimination born January 26, 1892 in Atlanta Texas. Her father George was half American Indian ( Cherokee ) and African American. Brave Bessie was the first of thirteen children, she was eleven years old when the Wright brothers made history with their 1903 "flying machine".
While flight testing an open cock plan, her co-pilot lost control tossing Queen Bess to her death. Thousands mourned her death, she was taken by train from Florida to Chicago where a mass memorial took place.
The story of African American's is a story of resilience and perseverance. It traces a people who refused to accept the circumstances under which they arrived on these shore, and it chronicles the generations who fought for an America that truly reflects the ideals enshrined in our founding documents. During National African American History Month, we celebrate the rich legacy of African American's and honor the remarkable contribution they have made to perfecting our union. Now, THEREFORE, I Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Law's of the United States, Do Hereby Proclaim,` February 2012 as National African American History Month. I call upon the public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the united states to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.
-- President Obama
Visit: The BURN: Black University Radio Network Website for our African American History Month Salute