A Look at the Representation of People of Color in Aviation

When Casey Grant started flying with Delta Airlines in 1970, she became one of the very first African American flight attendants to work for a major carrier. Thirty-five years later, she hung up her wings and wrote her first book titled “Stars in The Sky,” an account of the wonders and dangers of being a flight attendant of color.

Grant and her colleagues paved the way for people of color to become frontline employees in aviation while battling racism from co-workers and passengers alike. They were sometimes banned from the cockpit by pilots, forbidden to work first class, and even denied hotel rooms during layovers because of their race.

“When I first started writing my book,” Grant said, “I wanted people to understand the hardships of being a stewardess, the loneliness of it, the psychological impact it had on us that people just didn’t understand the things that we did.”

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