Bessye J. Bearden
Bessye J. Bearden (1893–1943) was an American journalist and mother of artist Romare Bearden.
She married R. Howard Bearden and this union produced a son, Romare.
For several years she served as a New York correspondent for the Chicago Defender.
Bearden has the distinction of being one of the first black women to serve as a member of New York City's Board of Education. She was also the founder and president of the Colored Women's Democratic League.
- Yenser, Thomas (editor), Who's Who in Colored America: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Persons of African Descent in America, Who's Who in Colored America, Brooklyn, New York, 1930-1931-1932
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