She Published The Very First Black Newspaper

Charlotta Brown
Shonda Buchanan
December 6, 2020

Charlotta Bass sat working in her office when she heard the rustle of sheets. Suddenly, they burst into her office, barking like angry dogs! She was surrounded by the KKK.

 

She was going to die for what she was doing, they screamed! What had made these racists so angry? 

 

Her community and political activism. Her newspaper, The California Eagle, confronted racial injustice, Jim Crow, and police brutality. The FBI even put her on their Communist Watch list!

Having a Black political agenda in her time was dangerous. But she had a secret weapon – literally. What was it?

She had to do SOMETHING. Despite being a public figure and a powerful voice for equal rights, she was about to be murdered.

So she pulled out her gun! When she brandished it at her attackers, they fled. But it was still a close call.

Her Black political agenda and activism would always make her target. California was an open carry state – so she always stayed ready to defend herself! 

She refused to cower, even though standing up for her beliefs and her community was dangerous. How are you defending yourself and your community from oppression?

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