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

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.

Michael Lee-Chin born

Michael Lee-Chin

*On this date in 1951, we celebrate the birth of Michael Lee-Chin. He is an African Chinese businessman and entrepreneur.

Clarence B. Jones born

Clarence B. Jones

*On this date in 1931, Clarence Jones was born. He is an African American businessman and writer.

Journalist Phillip A. Bell born

Phillip A. Bell

*Philip Alexander Bell was born on this date in 1808. He was a Black journalist and abolitionist.

George Haynes Urban League co-founder born

George Haynes

*The birth of George Haynes in 1880 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American social worker, educator, and cofounder and first executive director of the National Urban League.

First Black women, head a major sports union

Michele Roberts

*On this date in 2014, The National Basketball Players Association elected the first Black woman to lead a major North American sports league union.

Michele Roberts became the NBPA’s executive director; she is a prominent Washington civil litigator. Roberts, an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, and Meagher & Flom was recommended by NBPA president Chris Paul and the nine-member executive committee. She won with 32 of 34 votes among committee members and team player representatives. She won over the players with a strong background in litigation and an unblemished character.

William Worthy Jr. born

William Worthy Jr.

*William Worthy, Jr. was born on this date in 1921. He was an African American journalist, civil rights activist, and dissident.

Lester Bankhead, architect born

Lester Bankhead

*Lester Bankhead, was born on this date in 1912. He was an African American architect.

Charles R. Patterson, inventor born

Charles R. Patterson

*Charles Richard Patterson’s birth in 1833 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black slave who gained his own freedom and became an inventor and carriage company entrepreneur.

Willim Washington Browne born

William Washington Browne

*William Washington Browne was born on this date in1849. He was a Black teacher, minister and businessman.