Her Story: Charlotta Bass

Charlotta Bass (1874-1966) was the first Black woman to run for Vice President in the United States. She ran as part of the Progressive Party ticket in 1952. 

Bass is among the most influential African Americans of the twentieth century. She was a crusading journalist, an educator, and pioneering civil rights leader. As a newspaper editor for the California Eagle, the largest African American newspaper on the West Coast, Bass helped lead battles against injustice and inequality.

We honor this trailblazing woman for her courage to be at the forefront of the important struggles of her time. We salute her for breaking political barriers. Generations of women now stand on the shoulders of Charlotta Bass.

Links for Learning:

More than half a century before Kamala Harris ran for Vice President, this Black woman did – CNN

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