- Published: 1879 as The California Owl. Renamed The California Eagle under ownership of the Bass Family
- Publisher(s): John James Nemoire; John and Charlotta Bass
- Mission: Initially, the publication was to help African-American migrants settle in the West by providing housing and job listings. Throughout the Great Migration, the publication focused on challenging injustice and racist practices in the United States.
Like Ida B. Wells’ xxx which crusaded against lynching, the Eagle led campaigns against racism in the motion picture industry. In 1914, publishers of The Eagle printed a series of articles and editorials protesting the negative portrayals of African-Americans in D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation. Other newspapers joined the campaign and as a result, the film was banned in several communities across the nation.
On the local level The Eagle used its printing presses to expose police brutality in Los Angeles and discriminatory hiring practices of companies such as the Southern Telephone Company, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Boulder Dam Company, the Los Angeles General Hospital and the Los Angeles Rapid Transit Company.