Blog by +Wanda Dorn #wandascafe #DiversityEtiquette
I was the first Black Flight Attendant for the airline I worked for ... So it is with great honor, I join in the observance of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the "Black Flight Attendants of America (BFAA)". The organization recently honored the first Black Flight Attendant, Léopoldine Doualla-Bell Smith ... God Bless my comrade!
We had diversity challenges that only made us stronger. We were called Stewardesses then, not Flight Attendants. That title came later as men became Attendants.
I'd like to mention another pioneering comrade, and a "running buddy" friend of mine at the time, who became the first Black Flight Attendant for another airline, Carole DiPasalene. She was also hired by Mrs. Johnson, owner of Ebony Magazine, as their first commentator host for the famed Ebony Fashion Fair.
|Carole DiPasalene on cover of Jet|
after becoming first Commentator
Host for Ebony Fashion Fair
|Wanda at home after her airline's|
Stewardess Training Graduation Day...
Now Wanda can spread her wings and fly