Placido Salazar
Did you know about these ladies….. are they in Texas or U.S. History text books? I doubt it,
just as the history of our Mexican-American Founding Fathers is barely mentioned. I decided to
do something about OUR Founding Fathers and Mothers’ history by producing a documentary.
Our request for funding has been less than spectacular, but we are hoping that those who can
afford to, will help with whatever they can afford. We have a story to tell – and everybody
agrees that it needs to be told….. but not many are willing to make a tax-deductible contribution,
what they can, to make it happen. If not by us, BY WHOM? If not now, WHEN?

Jovita Idar, Journalist and Activist 1885-1946. Jovita Idar was
born in 1885 into a Laredo TX family of journalists. She and her brothers worked for their
father’s newspaper, La Crónica, writing articles that condemned racial prejudice and violence.
When the Idars arranged for the First Mexican Congress in 1911, Jovita organized the women
who attended. From their efforts sprang the Mexican Feminist League, which provided free
education for Tejano children.

Bessie Coleman (1892 – 1926)
Bessie Coleman, born in Atlanta, Texas, was one of the first licensed
female pilots and the world's first black female aviator and barnstormer. Photo: Wikipedia.
Bessie Coleman, one of the first licensed female pilots and the world's first black
female aviator and barnstormer, had a spectacular but brief career in air shows. She
was born in Atlanta, Texas, the twelfth of 13 children. Her mother, an illiterate former
slave, borrowed books so Bessie could learn to read. After moving to Chicago around
the time of World War I, Coleman became interested in the air war in Europe. She
decided to become a pilot but could find no flight school to accept her. With the
financial assistance and advice of the editor of the Chicago Weekly Defender, she
enrolled in an aviation school in France. In 1921, she earned a pilot's license from the
Federation Aeronautique Internationale.
She performed widely across the U.S. Her first Texas appearance was on June 19,
1925, in Houston. She encouraged young blacks to become involved in aviation. She
once refused to perform in Waxahachie, where she had grown up, until blacks were
allowed to use the same entrance as whites to the exhibition. In 1926, Coleman died
during a test flight in Florida. Black aviators memorialized her by naming their flying
clubs and their magazine after her. In 1990, a street to Chicago's O'Hare Airport was
named Bessie Coleman Drive, and, in 1995, the U.S. Postal Service issued a
commemorative stamp in her honor.
Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran

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