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As with many U.S. industries, the Civil Rights Movement impacted the hiring practices of the aviation industry. Mohawk Airlines hired Ruth Carol Taylor, the first African American flight attendant, in 1957 and other airlines soon followed. Note the racial make-up in the pictures above of the graduating classes of Eastern Airlines flight attendants from the 1950s and the 1970s.
|Eastern flight attendants class 59-E at the Miami Springs Villa. Circa 1959. Courtesy of Eastern Airlines Retirees Association.||Eastern graduating class of flight attendants. Circa 1975. Courtesy of Eastern Airlines Retirees Association.|
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