Black History Month 2022: Willa Brown

Black History Month 2022: Willa Brown

February 25, 2022 — Willa Brown, the first African American woman in the U.S. to be a licensed pilot, earned her pilot's license in 1937. In 1946, she also became the first African American woman to run for Congress. 

We're celebrating her life as an American aviator, advocate, teacher, and civil rights activist. Read more about her > 

We continue to highlight AFA members during Black History Month. So far, we've recognized Chip Hestle from Alaska AFA, Doris Davis from Mesa AFA, Kristien Bowen-Sherman from Spirit AFA, and this week, Sylvia Newbill from Alaska AFA.

"Sylvia is an outspoken activist and Flight Attendant advocate,” said Steve Maller, Alaska AFA Council 39 President. “She is clear in her priorities of equality and economic fairness, especially around contract negotiations. Sylvia recently celebrated her 30-year anniversary as an Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant and has no plans of stopping any time soon!"

In addition to AFA’s celebration of Black History Month, the AFL-CIO has highlighted Michael Rice, Frontier AFA Council 85 President and Dante Harris, United AFA Council 12 President. 

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