African American Lecture Series: “Fly, Bessie, Fly!”

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This lecture will feature Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926), first Black female pilot and American civil aviator. Bessie went from a little girl picking cotton in Texas to being rejected from American aviation schools. She spent her savings learning French and traveling around France. The 29-year-old became a symbol for African American women when African Americans were still battling segregation.

PRESENTER: Dr. Daisy Nelson Century is an actress, author and historical interpreter. Her performance is educational, inspirational and empowering a great deal of STEM for today’s young people. It exudes confidence and resilience; not to take “NO” to your dreams. Come learn more about this relatively unknown hero. 


The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. This year’s theme for the African American Lecture Series is “The Year of the Woman – She Changed the World” and will highlight struggles and accomplishments from women in artistic, cultural, and educational advancement. 

Presenters will include visual artists, educators, historians, reenactors, storytellers, singers, dramatists, and dancers. 

Location: 
Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center

Event Price

Free Admission
Contact Email: 
info@tryonpalace.org
Contact Phone: 
252-639-3500
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