Trailblazers: Delilah L. Beasley

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Saturday February 20

11:00 AM  –  12:30 PM

Description: Join for this virtual panel discussion of Delilah Beasley and the book she self-published in 1919, The Negro Trail-Blazers of California. Learn about the critical role of Black women historians and archivists, and Beasley's specific commitment to documenting the lives and accomplishments of Black people. The Autry and Clockshop co-present this conversation between Dana Johnson, writer; Dorothy Lazard, Head Librarian Oakland History Center of the Oakland Public Library; Lindsey Lee Eichenberger, Director of Youth Programs at Clockshop; and Ana Cecilia Alvarez, writer. The panel is moderated by Marne Campbell, Associate Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University.  

There is a growing effort to recognize all the authors of history, including female and Black historians of their eras, as we reckon with and seek to rebalance largely one-sided narratives. In her career as a journalist and historian, Delilah L. Beasley advocated for the rights of Black people from her Oakland Tribune column announcing the everyday activities of her community. In exhaustively documenting the histories of Black Californians at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, she told the stories not only of her contemporaries, but of the generation that preceded her 1910 arrival in California. Beasley's dedication to historical research deserves to be a part of California's story. Her efforts to amplify the role Black women play in community building in California's past, present, and future is her enduring legacy. 


It was important to Beasley that her work be accessible to many people, so to honor that Clockshop will generously be offering two free copies of their publication Trailblazer: Delilah Beasley’s California (2020). You will be automatically entered in this giveaway by joining us for the live program.