21 February 2020

Published February 19, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

 February is National Black History Month in the States. There are so many amazing people, history ignored. I enjoy meeting people I should’ve learned about in school. 

QUEEN BESSIE

             Bessie surveyed the Waxahachie, Texas Fairground. She never dreamed she’d be performing in her childhood town. Shielding her eyes, she gazed up into the sky. The only place she could truly be free.

            The entrance to the park read, “Whites Only.”

            Head held high, pounding with indignation, she stormed through the gate and barged into the manager’s office.

            “I didn’t go all the way to France to earn my license for this. Am I not the first colored pilot in America?”

            “Yes, Miss Coleman, but—”

            “If my people aren’t treated with respect, there’ll be no show. Understood?”

            “Yes, Ma’am.”

*Note: I call this fiction because, while I know the incident is fact, I don’t know the exact words Miss Coleman used to get her point across. 😉 

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92 comments on “21 February 2020

    • Dear Neil,

      Yes, as in warp speed. 😉 Also Bessie flew a lot of state fairs, no doubt she flew over a few barns just like this. And what she did was called “barnstorming.” Therefore it fits. Engage!

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      Someone once commented there should be a “White History Month.” Seriously? That’s twelve months out of the year. I relish February for Black History Month. There are so many people we never learned about in school that we should have. 😀 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Great story. I have a photograph of Billie Holliday taking the freight elevator up to an engagement at a swanky hotel. She’s wearing a gown and flower in her hair. She also has with her Mister, her enormous boxer dog. He’s wearing a collar studded with steel spikes and perhaps diamonds. It was rough times. Still is, though a tad less overt.

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  • Love this! I think you’ve captured her fierceness and her spirit. I had to Google her after reading your story because this is the first I’m learning of her, and she is such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing this, Rochelle!

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    You’ve done it again! Brought to life someone too-far hidden in history as only you can do. What a brilliant and wonderful woman was that Bessie. Why these people are hidden from the history books is beyond me.

    Shalom and lotsa high-flying love,

    Dale

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      I can’t imagine the outrage. It would be like doing a school play but your parents aren’t allowed to come and watch…on a grander scale, of course. Then the likes of Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr, two of the greatest talents ever (IMHO) were denied accommodations and meals due to the color of their skin. OUTRAGEOUS!!! In any event, I’m pleased to introduce you to an amazing human. 😀

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Randy,

      I think there are more of those accomplished Americans we’ve never heard or ever will than we know. I’m happy to pique your curiosity. Todah Rabbah! 😀 (Good to see you here!)

      Shabbat Shalom,

      Rochelle

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