Despite the enthusiasm for aviation sparked by the historic flight of the Wright brothers in 1903, participation by African-Americans in the new flight age did not come easily. African-American aviators are scarcely known in the development of aviation due to opposition from the government, trade unions, and individuals acting out of their own prejudice. Thus, racial discrimination stood as a powerful barrier to African-American involvement in aviation.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Harris, P. W.,
& Alexander, P. K.
A Perspective on the Role of African-Americans in Aviation.
Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, 6(2).