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Delilah L. Beasley, First Black Woman to Write for a Newspaper on a Consistent Basis

Written by Jae Jones

Delilah L. Beasley was a great pioneer who was interested in preserving .  She was the first woman who wrote regularly for a major daily newspaper her column entitled “Activities Among Negroes,” started in the Oakland Tribune in 1923. She was persuasive in getting the national press to stop using racial slurs.

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Beasley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the oldest of five children. Her parents died while she was still a teenager. Beasley had to find a job to help take care of herself. She first pursued a career as a trained masseuse. She later began her career as a writer in 1883 for a black newspaper the Cleveland Gazette which was founded by Harry C. Smith. She wrote briefly about social activities and church.  Beasley studied journalism under Dan Rudd, a well-known newspaper publisher of the Colored Catholic Tribune in Cincinnati. By 1910 Beasley was researching and attending lectures at University of California, Berkeley.  She chronicled African-American “first’, and notable achievements in early California in her book “The Negro Trail-Blazers of California (1919). Beasley Trail-Blazers book included diaries, biographical sketches, poetry commemorating black sacrifices, photographs, old papers, conversations of old pioneers, a comprehensive history of early legislation and court cases. Beasley’s informative compilation of records is full of success stories. It gives many hundreds of names of blacks in California from the pioneer period to the late 19th century.

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“Beasley Trail-Blazers book included diaries, biographical sketches, poetry commemorating black sacrifices, photographs, old papers, conversations of old pioneers, a comprehensive history of early legislation and court cases. Beasley’s informative compilation of records is full of success stories. It gives many hundreds of names of blacks in California from the pioneer period to the late 19th century.”

Beasley’s work on her book the Trail-Blazers paved the way for her to become the first Black women in California to write on the regular for the Oakland Tribune. Her Sunday Tribune column was Activities Among Negroes and her name was also published with the articles. She often spent far over forty hours a week collecting material for her column. Beasley wrote for the Oakland Tribune from 1925–1934

Beasley belonged to many organizations, such as the NAACP, the northern California branch founded in 1915. She also was a member of the Delilah L. Beasley Literary and Improvement Club. She was a member of the Alameda County League of Women Voters, the Public Welfare League of Alameda County, and the League of Nations Association of the California Federated Women’s Club, which hosted the biennial convention in the Oakland Auditorium, attracting delegates from across the country. (more)

died on August 18, 1934 in San Leandro, California from arterio-sclerotic heart disease with hypertension.

source:

http://www.in.com/delilah-l-beasley/profile-71999.html

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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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