Western American was a local African American newspaper based in Oakland, California, published from 1926 to 1929. In 1929, it was succeeded by The Oakland Independent.

Dr. William M. Watts contributed a medical advice column to the newspaper, "How to Keep Well" during the period of time he practiced medicine in Oakland.

The Western American ran a beauty and popularity contest for African American women called "Miss Golden State" in 1927. 1 Mrs. Richard York won the popularity contest, and Marilyn Adamswon the beauty portion. 2

Links and References

  1. Ain't I a Beauty Queen? : Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race by Maxine Leeds Craig
  2. Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture edited by Jessie Carney Smith