There is a need for local/global awareness and mutual acceptance of all people: which means diversity, tolerance, a need for deep fellowship, satisfaction, peace and tranquility in our lives, even though we all have diverse ways of relating & worshiping.
Let us all work together on Loving each other in Unity as a reality finding common interest here in this community and the world.
Are you working in partnership with others diverse people within your community to build a "New Positive Face" of your community though public community outreach.
UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY
2015 National Women’s History Month Honorees
Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives
March is National Women’s History Month. 2015 is the National Women’s History Project’s 35th Anniversary. In celebration of this landmark anniversary, we have chosen a women as 2015 Honore who have contributed in very special ways to be back into history.”
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Delilah L. Beasley (1867-1934)
Historian and Newspaper Columnist
At her memorial service, which was a testament
to her life-long crusade for justice,
all attending stood and made the following pledge—
Every life casts it shadow , my life plus others make power to move the world.
I, therefore pledge my life to the living work of brotherhood
and material understanding between the races.
Delilah L. Beasley was the first African American woman to be regularly published in a major metropolitan newspaper and the first author to present the history of African Americans in early California.
Growing up in Ohio, Beasley started writing social columns for black and white newspapers while still a teenager. After her parents’ deaths, she sought a career path that would better support her younger siblings, working as a hairdresser, massage therapist, nurse, and maid for many years. In 1910 she moved to Oakland California where she immersed herself in the local black community and again started writing articles in local newspapers.
In 1915 Beasley started writing a weekly column in the Oakland Tribune. Her articles protested the stereotypes contained in the movie The Birth of a Nation. Through a column called “Activities among Negroes,” she campaigned for African-American dignity and rights. Highlighting activities of local churches, women’s clubs, literary societies, along with national politics, and achievements of black men and women, her column aimed to give all readers a positive picture of the black community and demonstrate the capabilities of African Americans.
Deeply interested in the history of black Californians, Beasley trained herself in archival research and oral histories. In 1919 she self-published The Negro Trail-Blazers of California, a groundbreaking book chronicling the lives of hundreds of black Californians from the pioneer period through the early 20th century. Her book included an unprecedented amount of Black women’s history, focusing on the strong roles women played in their communities and featuring countless biographies of women leaders.
In the thirties, Beasley was the driving force behind the passage California’s first anti-lynching bill. She continued her column and was
active in the community until her death in 1934.
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