Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn't do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn't let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African -American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination. Innovatively told through a series of monologues.Grimes, Nikki is the author of 'Talkin' About Bessie The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman', published 2002 under ISBN 9780439352437 and ISBN 0439352436.