Business

This category includes blacks in finance, engineers, journalist, architects, inventors or own companies; work in corporate settlings and more.

Andre Talley born


Andre Talley

*André Talley was born on this date in 1949. He is an African American fashion news director and businessman.

Ted Poston born


Ted Poston

*Ted Poston was born on this date in 1906. He was an African American journalist.

Robert Reed Church Sr. born


Robert Reed Church Sr.

*Robert Reed Church, Sr., was born on this date in 1839. He was a Black business leader and philanthropist. 

Robert Reed Church Sr. born


Robert Reed Church Sr.

*Robert Reed Church, Sr., was born on this date in 1839. He was a Black business leader and philanthropist. 

William Pettiford born


William R. Pettiford

*William Pettiford was born on this date in 1847. He was a black minister, educator and business entrepreneur.

Alabama Penny Savings Bank opens


Ala. Penny Savings lobby

*This date in 1890 celebrates the founding of Alabama Penny Savings Bank. It was Alabama’s first bank for Blacks one of the first three for Blacks in America.

Robert Lee Hill born


Robert Lee Hill

*Robert Lee Hill was born on this date in 1892. He was an African American sharecropper, and activist and founder of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America.

The Progressive Farmers & Household Union is formed

*This date in 1918 celebrates the forming of The Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America.

This was a union of black tenant farmers (sharecroppers). Robert L. Hill a black tenant farmer formed the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America. According to the articles of the constitution of the PFHUA, the group’s objective was “to advance the interests of the Negro, morally and intellectually, and to make him a better citizen and a better farmer.”

Francis Johnston born


Francis B. Johnston

*Francis Johnston was born on this date in 1864. She was a White American photographer whose work included preserving early higher education of African America. An only child, Francis Benjamin Johnston was born in Grafton, West Virginia to an affluent family. She was raised in Washington, D.C. where her family moved soon after she was born. In the nation's capitol, her parents were active in the high ranking political and social circles, and their connections, particularly her mother's, would greatly benefit Johnston's education and subsequent career as a photographer.

Chef Supreme, Leah Chase born


Leah Chase

*Leah Chase was born on this date in 1923. She is an African American entrepreneur and master chef.