February 14, 1874
Sumter, SC


April 12, 1969
Los Angeles, CA

Charlotta Amanda Spears Bass

Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Editor of the African American Newspaper The California Eagle, First Black Woman to run for Vice President of the United States

WOMEN! WOMEN! WOMEN! Particularly Negro Women, this call comes to you! It is up to us to DO something about our position in the body politic of this nation. Let us be aware that we have a glorious history in our land…Many are the stories of heart rending courage that the Negro women of the slave period have handed down to us…They were the mothers of a hundred rebellions, all of which our standard history texts have conveniently forgotten. Yet black women have a tradition which they must not forget and which they must not fail.

—Charlotta Amanda Spears Bass