Today, in honor of Black History Month and the Oakland Tribune’s birthday, we celebrate Delilah Beasley.

Miss Beasley was born in Cincinnati in 1871. She began writing for her local paper at the age of 12 and later became a columnist for the Oakland Tribune becoming the first African American woman to be regularly published in a major metro newspaper. 

Beasley’s column “Activities Among Negroes” reported on the positive achievements and happenings in the black community in the Bay Area and nationwide.