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

A Los Angeles institution, John Sommerville

John Sommerville

John Sommerville’s birth in 1881 is marked on this date. He was an African American businessman and politician.

Comic strip Jumpstart premiers

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This date in 1989 marks the premier of the African American comic strip "Jumpstart." This journalism series runs in 40 newspapers across the country.

Twenty-six year old Robb Armstrong is the creator, the youngest African-American to be in syndication. He continues the journalistic expertise of Morrie Turner, the creator of Wee Pals, the first African-American syndicated comic strip, and Oliver Harrington, pioneer cartoonist and creator of the comic character Bootsie.

James and Ethel Beck were influential Tennessee citizens

James and Ethel Beck

*The lives of James Garfield Beck and Ethel Benson Beck from 1881 are celebrated on this date. They were African American educators and entrepreneurs.

Black settlements offer a rich American history

Boley, OK. 1907

Black towns in the United States are featured on this date’s Registry. All African American settlements in the United States have a rich history.

Though residential segregation is often considered one of the more harmful effects of racism in the United States, some African Americans in the nineteenth century chose to form their own racially separate communities. Unlike the ghettos and rural enclaves where many Blacks at the time were forced to live, Black towns were established to promote economic independence, self-government, and social equality for African Americans.

The Phyllis Wheatley House of Minneapolis opens

Phyllis Wheatley House

On this date in 1924, the Phyllis Wheatley settlement house was founded and began operation in Minneapolis, MN.

At the start of the 20th century, community centers known as “settlement houses” were begun in many urban areas of the United States. Most of them were established in poor neighborhoods with a predominantly immigrant population, and designed to help “Americanize” the communities, but others, like Phyllis Wheatley, were founded to continuously deliver services primarily to African Americans.

Robert Lee Vann, a publishing original

Robert L. Vann

This date marks the birthday of Robert Lee Vann in 1879. He was an African American publisher, lawyer, and the editor of the Black newspaper, the Pittsburgh Courier.

George Herriman, a "cult" cartoonist

George Herriman

*George Herriman was born on this date in 1880. He was an African American cartoonist whose comic strip Krazy Kat has been said by many to be America’s greatest cartoon.

National Business League founded

Booker T. Washington founded the National Business League on this date in 1900, in Boston, MS, as the National Negro Business League. Five years later, the NNBL was incorporated officially in New York City. The organization was renamed and reincorporated in Washington, D. C. in 1966, when it became the National Business League (NBL). and reincorporated in Washington, D.C. in 1966, when it became the National Business League (NBL). It was established and operating 12 years before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was founded.

Black Entertainment Television sold

*On this date in 2000, Viacom Inc. announced that their company had agreed to acquire Black Entertainment Television (BET). The cost, $3 billion dollars, consisting of Viacom Class B Common Stock and the assumption of debt.

Baltimore Afro-American newspaper founded

*On this date in 1892, the first issue of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper hit the streets. This black owned and operated newspaper has crusaded for racial equality and economic advancement for African- Americans for more than a century.