All Black Female Flight Crew Travels From Atlanta To Nashville
The four women returned to Nashville on Thursday for the first time since that historical Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight.
“Seven years later, I’m still astonished and shocked,” said Captain Rachelle Jones Kerr. “We’ve definitely progressed over the decades, but I still think there’s more work to be done.”
Kerr, first officer Stephanie Grant and flight attendants Robin Rogers and Diana Galloway told their story at the First in Flight lunch panel at Meharry Medical College, hosted by the Metro Nashville Airport Authority.
Working in an industry dominated by white men, the four continue to encourage young women and minorities to consider a career in aviation.
“If you want to see the world, it’s a great career for young adults to begin,” Rogers said.
A senior aviation student at Middle Tennessee State University, Morgan Hunlen was excited to meet the crew, not just because they are role models, but also because they live in her hometown.
Like Kerr in her own flight school experience, Hunlen said she is the only African-American woman in her program.
“I have never ever met a black female pilot,” Hunlen said. “If you did it, I know I can do it, too.”
Their story is far from over. The group has even been contacted by Hollywood agents looking to make a film or miniseries.
Sky isn’t even the limit anymore when it comes to magical Black women!