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Delilah Leontium Beasley
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Birth: Sep. 9, 1871
Cincinnati
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 18, 1934
San Leandro
Alameda County
California, USA

Ms. Beasley was an American historian, and newspaper columnist for the Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, USA. She becomes the first African American woman to be published regularly in a major metropolitan newspaper.

Beasley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the oldest of five children in the family of Daniel Beasley, an engineer, and Margaret Harris, a homemaker. After her parents' death while she was still a teenager, Beasley had to find a full time job to support herself, she pursued a career as a trained masseuse. She began her newspaper career in 1883 writing for a black newspaper the Cleveland Gazette, founded by Harry C. Smith. She wrote briefly about church and social activities. Three years later, she published her first column in the Sunday Cincinnati, Ohio, Enquirer under the headline "Mosaics". Beasley studied journalism under Dan Rudd, a well-known newspaper publisher of the Colored Catholic Tribune in Cincinnati.

In 1910, at age 39, Beasley moved to Oakland, California, attending lectures and researching at University of California, Berkeley and writing essays for presentations at local churches. In 1910 the African American population in Oakland was 3,055. The small black population supported a flowering of indigenous institutions and community formation in the 10s and 20s. Among these institutions were various black-owned small businesses, churches, and private social organizations. In addition, several black newspapers were published in Oakland, including the Oakland Sunshine, which began publication in 1902, publisher William Prince, and the Western Outlook, established in 1894, publishers J. S. Francis and J. L. Derrick. Jesse Wysinger became the editor on October 22, 1921. In 1915, Beasley wrote for a black audience in the Oakland Sunshine.

As a writer, Beasley has the distinction of being the first person to have presented written proof of the existence of California black pioneers, in her writings, Slavery in California (1918) and her classic, The Negro Trail-Blazers of California (1919), a pioneering work in the field of California black history.

In 1934, Jesse Wysinger's wife, Lena M. Wysinger, took over Delilah Beasley's Activities Among Negroes column in the major metropolitan newspaper the Oakland Tribune after her death. The columnist position Lena held until the early 1940s.

Source: Delilah L. Beasley, at Wikipedia
 
 
Burial:
Saint Marys Cemetery
Oakland
Alameda County
California, USA
Plot: Section Y, 15, 52
 
Created by: Myra Wysinger
Record added: Sep 20, 2011
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Delilah Leontium Beasley
Added by: Myra Wysinger
 
Delilah Leontium Beasley
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Delilah Leontium Beasley
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MA'AM!!! "LET FREEDOM RING!"
- Props2u
 Added: Mar. 20, 2015
May your rest be deep and peaceful.
- alfred janske
 Added: Jul. 18, 2013
 
 
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