Charlotta Bass Journalism and Justice Lab

Black activists from Washington, Oregon and California have used media to craft human rights campaigns that often set the agenda for the rest of the nation, for nearly 175 years. From the days of the Gold Rush — through today’s Black Lives Matter movement — Black social justice journalism has galvanized change. Still, there has been no central clearinghouse to learn about these contributions. The Charlotta Bass Journalism & Justice Lab addresses this educational gap, by saving, studying and sharing Black media from the West Coast. We aggregate primary source documents, oral histories and citizen journalism from the mid-1800s until today. We provide a place to study Black media, so future scholars can appraise its power. Additionally, we host lively events for the public — and link media organizations to Annenberg students who aspire to tell powerful Black stories.