Delilah Leontium Beasley

Delilah Leontium Beasley (September 9, 1871 – August 18, 1934) was a columnist for the Oakland Tribune, and was the first African-American woman to be published regularly in a major U.S. newspaper.

Delilah Leontium Beasley - Oakland's Crusading Journalist by Lorraine Jacobs Crouchett is available at many Oakland Public Libraries.

Delilah Beasley was born in Ohio and moved to Oakland in 1910. In 1915, she wrote for the Oakland Sunshine 1. In 1919 she wrote the ground-breaking The Negro Trail Blazers of California, which documented for the first time the contributions of African Americans in early California.

From 1923 to her death in 1934 journalist Beasley wrote her weekly column for the Oakland Tribune entitled "Activities among the Negroes."

In 1925 Beasley represented the Tribune (and was the only black woman with press credentials at the conference) and the Alameda League of Women Voters as a delegate to the National League of Women convention held in Richmond, VA. In 1926 she covered and helped publicize the national convention of the National Association of Colored Women, which met at the municipal auditorium (now the Kaiser Convention Center.) Delilah wrote columns for the Tribune until the end of her life.

"Every life casts its shadow, my life plus others make a power to move the world. I, therefore, pledge my life to the living world of brotherhood and mutual understanding between the races."
- Delilah Beasley

Death and Burial

She lived out her last years on 34th Street. She died August 18, 1934. Last rites were performed at the St. Francis de Sales Church, and a memorial service was held at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church 2. Beasley is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Delilah Beasley marker
photo from Our Oakland

 

Links and References

  1. Delilah L. Beasley on Wikipedia
  2. In Memoriam—Miss Delilah L. Beasley Oakland Tribune October 14, 1934