Soaring Above Setbacks: Autobiography of Janet Harmon Bragg, African American Aviator

Marjorie M. Kriz, As Told to, Janet Harmon Bragg, Author, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Foreword by Smithsonian Books $19.95 (141p) ISBN 978-1-56098-458-0
Bragg (1907-1993), the youngest of seven children in a Georgia family, never forgot her father's stock phrase: ""If Jack can do it, Jill can do it."" On graduation from college with a degree in nursing, she was appalled at the treatment given black patients in Southern hospitals and so went north, finally settling in Chicago. It was there that she learned to fly in 1934, despite all manner of obstacles erected because of her race and gender. Five years later she aided in the founding of the National Airmen's Association of America, the first fliers' group to challenge the whites-only rule, she notes. Partly to finance her aeronautical career, she and her second husband went into the nursing-home business, where they worked until 1972. Meanwhile, her kindness to some Ethiopian exchange students led to an acquaintance with Emperor Haile Selassie. This is the story of a rich, full life. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-1-56098-755-0
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