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Black History Month Spotlight: First Officer Moriah Graham

April 3, 2024

Black History Month Spotlight: First Officer Moriah Graham

Black History Month honors the arts, culture, traditions, history, and contributions of African American people in the United States. We are pleased to spotlight our team members who show how our different backgrounds contribute to The PSA Way.

First Officer Moriah Graham began her aviation journey with PSA as a Cadet. Before that, she completed her private pilot’s license at 16 years old. She was also inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame for being the first Black girl in the state to receive their pilot’s license in high school.

In honor of Black History Month, Moriah shared her story about her flying journey, cultural traditions, and representation in the flight deck.

What or who inspired you to fly?

I have always had a passion for traveling and going fast. My grandfather was in the Air Force, so I was heavily influenced by our trips to Dover Air Force Base as a kid. I even got my Private Pilot License at the Aero Club there in high school!

As an African American in aviation, specifically as a woman pilot, how do you feel you positively impact PSA’s culture of diversity and inclusion?

As a Black female pilot, my impact on aviation and diversity comes from being myself. Just today, I had a ramp agent stop me and show me a picture of his granddaughter because we have the same hair! Interactions like that bring me joy. It reminds me of the principle that you cannot be what you cannot see. I also take pride in being a part of the Cadet Program and recruiting. Being able to have a more hands-on approach with people who are in the same position I was in just a year ago makes this job even more fulfilling!

What are some African American cultural traditions or customs you hold dear?

Our African American traditions and customs are all centered around family. Family is something my family is very proud of. My great uncle invented the holiday Kwanzaa. These principles came from our family’s love and values for each other.

We also celebrate the New Year by throwing out any food in the fridge because it’s bad luck to bring old food in the new year. My mom will also make a dish called Hoppin’ Jon every New Year’s holiday.

In the spirit of Black History Month, what is it about your culture and heritage that you cherish the most?

Something about my culture and heritage that I cherish is our style. I grew up in theater, which I hold very dear to my heart, and I think Black people have such a rich history when it comes to music, the arts, and fashion. In a world full of so many other things, I am grateful to be myself!

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