Bessie Coleman

When we think of sports, we usually think of games such as basketball, football, soccer, tennis, or track. We don’t usually think of cheer, dancing, and definitely not flying as a sport. The Oxford dictionary defines sport as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. By definition, Bessie Coleman participated in a “sport” when she flew her planes.

Bessie Coleman was born on January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas. She was one of 13 children born to her parents who were both sharecroppers. She was the first African American woman to obtain a pilot’s license. Because African Americans nor women were able to attend piloting school in America, she flew to France to become a licensed pilot. Although her goal of opening a flying school for African-Americans was never fulfilled, she paved the way for others to “defy gravity” and break down walls built to stop us from progressing. Bessie was known as “Queen Bess” to people who came to her shows and was known for her gravity-defying and very dangerous tricks.

On April 30, 1926, Bessie died in a flying accident during a rehearsal at age 34. Bessie’s life shows us that black women can accomplish anything in life and in the sports world that we set our minds to. Bessie is still showing us today how we can break barriers and restraints that are set against us. Thank you Bessie! #BlackGirlMagic

Imani, Sports, or the lack there of.

This is the post excerpt.

Here’s the thing:

My name is Imani Harris. I’m a sophomore Public Relations major with a minor in Black Studies. I love singing, eating, reading, and pretending to be a fitness enthusiast. I’m super involved on my college campus just as I was in high school BUT…

The catch is: I have NEVER played a sport in my life. PE was never my favorite thing (I preferred music and art), and although athleticism is in my genes, I had no desire to play on any sports team….ever. I was apart of show choir for seven years, which is the closest thing to athletic that I have ever been in my life. So when given the task of creating a blog site specifically centered around sports, I was anxious and unprepared to say the least.

After a few days of contemplating and brainstorming, I realized that I could use my love for women, being a woman, and being a black woman specifically to my advantage wth this blog. With that being said, my posts will be centered around black women in the sports field. That could range from the wives of male athletics to black. female olympic gold medalists. It is my hope to write blogs that will spark more interest in women’s sports and support black women athletes. Representation truly matters, so I hope my readers will get insight and inspiration from my posts. Let’s see how this goes!