TERRIE M. WILLIAMS
THE SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE
THE EACH ONE ROCK ONE WOMENâ€™S EMPOWERMENT PROJECT featuring
A DREAM TO FLY
Based on the life of pioneer aviator Bessie Coleman
Written and performed by Madeline McCray
Panel discussion: The Art of Living A Life Worth Dying For Connecting the dots between a healthy mind and body, to personal success and joy.
Monday-April 30, 2012
American Negro Theater (Downstairs at the Schomburg Center)
515 Malcolm X Blvd. (Across from Harlem Hospital) 1pm - 3:30pm
By invitation only. Inspiration and prevention information for battered and abused women.
About â€œA Dream To Flyâ€: Inspired by the life and times of Bessie Coleman
Imagine it is 1919, the year of the Red Summer race riots in Chicago, Illinois. A young woman, undeterred by all the bloodshed and violence makes her rounds throughout the windy city in search of a White instructor willing to teach her to fly an airplane. Refusing to accept their â€œnoâ€ for an answer she perseveres, learns to speak French and travels to France where her dream to fly would become reality.
In September of 1921, Bessie Coleman, born dirt poor in 1892 in the state of Texas,
made her triumphant return to America as the first African American pilot to hold an international license to fly a plane and the worldâ€™s first Black woman pilot. The
untimely accident which caused her death on April 30, 1926 calls attention to the virtue of commitment to goals and dreams. Her story is a powerful testament to the art of living a life worth dying for as well as living the life you desire and deserve.