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Mon, 03.01.1897

The Oakland Sunshine News is Published

*The Oakland Sunshine is celebrated on this date in 1897. They were a weekly Black newspaper in northern California.

It was founded and edited by John A. Wilds who was the first Black civil servant in Oakland the city hall's custodian and night watchman. Wilds was the editor until 1908. He sold the paper to J. M. Bridges some time before 1913, Bridges was the owner and president of the paper from at least 1913 to 1922. 

During this time, Delilah Beasley wrote for the Oakland Sunshine in 1915.  The newspaper was taken over by the California Voice in 1917.  Rev. G. C. Coleman, D. D., was Managing Editor.  From 1920 to 1922-1923 the paper had an office at 405 - 8th Street. 

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