Celebrating Women in Aviation: 100th Anniversary of Bessie Coleman

November 14, 2022
Payden Academic Center

In recognition of Women in Aviation and the 100th Anniversary of Bessie Coleman, you are cordially invited to visit The Bill Payden Airplane Exhibit at Trinity Washington University, November 14- 20, 2022 in O’Connor Auditorium.

Tuesday, November 15, 3pm: Opening Ceremony, Howard University Air Force ROTC

Join us for a special presentation by Lt. Col. Redhalia Person of the Howard University Air Force ROTC and the Honor Guard in announcing the revitalization of Trinity’s partnership with Howard University Air Force ROTC. Howard AFROTC is eager to invite Trinity students to join their detachment, and Detachment Commander Lt. Col. Redhalia Person and a team of cadets and officers will be here to talk about the many opportunities available through ROTC participation and careers with the Air Force.

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Wednesday, November 16, 11 am to 1 pm Speakers:  Women in Aviation, Salute to Bessie Coleman:

As part of the exhibit, we are planning a Salute to Women in Aviation with a special program about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to earn a pilot’s license.  Our very own Dr. Lynda Jackson, retired Air Force Colonel, has arranged two powerful speakers:  Air Force General (Ret.) Stayce Harris who was a trailblazer in her active duty service, and Army Colonel (Ret.) Nickey Knighton who was just the second Black woman to earn pilot’s wings in the U.S. military.   (Col. Knighton will speak at 11 am and General Harris will speak at noon on zoom)

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