Charlotta Spears Bass Biography

Editor, Journalist, Educator (1874–1969)
Charlotta Spears Bass was a journalist and activist who, as editor of the California Eagle, championed African-American equality and freedom.


Born on February 14, 1874, in Sumter, South Carolina, Charlotta Spears Bass worked as managing editor of the African-American newspaper The California Eagle. She and husband Joseph Bass called for an end to segregation and denounced groups like the Klu Klux Klan, among a host of other issues. Bass would later become the first black woman to run for U.S. vice president. She died on April 12, 1969.

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