Business

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

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.

Lois Alexander Lane born


Lois Alexander Lane

*Lois K. Alexander Lane was born on this date in 1916. She was an African American fashion designer, businesswoman and museum curator.