I read everything I could get my hands on about aviating. Some of the libraries wouldn’t let black girls who picked cotton borrow books, but the books I wanted were about piloting, and folks were so surprised they let me have them anyway.
I made up my mind to try. I tried and I was successful. I shall never be satisfied until we have men of the Race who can fly. Do you know you have never lived until you have flown?
I was black, I was female, and I wanted to fly. We used to pick cotton in Texas, and I’d look up and think, If we’re going to better ourselves, we’ve got to get above these cotton fields.
I shall never be satisfied until we have men of the Race who can fly. We must have aviators if we are to keep pace with the times.
It was a terrible shock to my nerves, but I never lost them. I kept going.
[spoken after an accident killed another flying student]
The air is the only place free from prejudice.
The air is the only place free from prejudices.