Leopoldine Emma Doualla-Bell: The World’s First Black Flight Attendant

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In any form of history, someone had to be the first. We celebrate that fact as they usually make room and pave the way for others to follow or even build upon their acheivement. This instance is no different when Leopoldine Emma Doualla-Bell Smith became the world’s first black flight attendant. Smith was born in Cameroon and was a princess of the royal Douala family of Cameroon. She was offered a rare after-school employment opportunity in her hometown of Douala, then the capital of the colony, to serve as a ground hostess for Union Aeromaritime de Transport (UAT), the airline that served France’s African routes.