Margaret Grant, First Black Flight Attendant (Airline Stewardess) Hired By A Major U.S. Airline

Under pressure from a discrimination lawsuit by Ruth Carol Taylor, who had initially applied with Trans World Airline (TWA) and was rejected, Trans World Airlines hired Margaret Grant. She became the first African American flight attendant for a major U.S. airline. She wasn’t there long as she was released due to having sickle cell anemia which, according to doctors, caused issues at high altitude. It wasn’t until 1960 that a Black flight attendant was hired by another U.S. airline.