Linda McQueen and Bertha Tease

Linda McQueen’s story of growing up in the 50’s and 60’s went from huddling around the radio listening to stories, to actually watching the people she had been listening to on the newly invented television. From keeping her food cold in an ice box, to having a real refrigerator. From eventually getting her dream job, to having to fight to get it back after a near fatal accident.

Bertha Tease’s story starts in North Carolina with the various challenges her family had to endure. She comes from a family of 22. Her mother had 20 children, 10 boys and 10 girls. Her parents Struggled to make ends meet. After getting the job she wanted; Bertha was harassed about her weight After she had her baby. She fought back and filed a law suit with E.E.O.C. and won! The weight Standards were changed because of this. Not just for her airline, but for all airlines. Their stories are about struggle, strength and getting the jobs they prayed for, then fighting to Keep them AGAINST ALL ODDS.

Taking Flight is the story of two black women, Linda McQueen and Bertha Tease, and the persecution they faced while simply trying to work the job of their dreams. Taking Flight opens by painting the picture of life in the 1950’s and 60’s. It takes the reader on a voyage from listening to radio shows like Milton Berle and “Amos and Andy,” to watching programs and Actually seeing black people on TV.

This book chronicles how two black women overcame the odds and rose to the positions they desired. In the face of early racism, discrimination and denial, they were able to fly the skies and meet celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, The Jackson’s, OJ Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Dick Gregory, Ray Charles and so many more. Taking Flight is a voyage through history And a story of triumph.