This website is the foundation of the Southern California Library's initiative to
promote the Los Angeles legacy of Charlotta Bass and the California Eagle. Mrs.
Bass and the paper represent an important part of Los Angeles, African American, and civil
rights history that is in danger of virtually disappearing. Our goal is for her courageous
role and that of the Eagle in fighting for equal rights for all (decades before the
civil rights movement of the 1960s) to become widely known in Los Angeles and beyond. In
particular, we hope the legacy of Bass and the Eagle will be brought into a much
greater place of prominence in the teaching and learning of history in schools.
This effort is part of the Library's ongoing mission to engage people of all generations in
using history to advance social justice. Ultimately, we believe that this website can become a
valuable tool in inspiring people to become this century's historymakers, as Charlotta Bass was in
the last, working to create a more just and equitable Los Angeles.
This website devoted to Charlotta Bass and the California Eagle
was created with the generous support of the John Randolph Haynes
and Dora Haynes Foundation. Content for the Charlotta Bass story was provided by Regina Freer,
professor, Occidental College, and writer Marti Tippens, author of "Talking Back: How
Publisher and Activist Charlotta Bass Challenged Inequality Through
the California Eagle," her master's thesis (Mass Communications, California State University
Northridge, 2001). Both are writing biographies of Charlotta Bass. Any inadvertent fact discrepancies are the sole
responsibility of the Southern California Library and do not reflect
on the expertise of these contributors. Michele Welsing, the Library's
Communications Director, created this website. Website design by Yoshida Design
Using This Site
This site consists of HTML web pages, along with PDF files and low-resolution images
that may be downloaded.
To look at the PDF files, you will need the Acrobat Reader. The Reader is free
and easy to download
if you don't already have it. To download a PDF file to your machine, right click the link
and select "Save As." On a Mac, hold down the mouse and select "Save As."
If you are interested in getting higher resolution copies of the images, please
contact us at the Library, and we can provide more information
If you are having trouble finding things on the site, the site map
may be able to help you. If you are still having trouble, feel free to contact us
This site also contains links to other sites, especially on our
bibliography/links page. If you come across
terms or historical events, people, or organizations you aren't familiar with, these
links may be helpful in providing background information. However, please note that the
Southern California Library has no control over these other sites and isn't responsible
for them. Links are provided for informational purposes only and aren't intended as an
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