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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ethel L. Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

Ethel Payne

*Ethel Lois Payne was born on this date in 1911. She was an African American Journalist, publisher, civil rights leader, and educator; often called the "First Lady of the Black Press."

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From slavery to entrepreneur, Biddy Mason

Biddy Mason

*On this date in 1818, Bridget "Biddy" Mason was born. She was a once illiterate Black slave woman who worked as a nurse/midwife and then walked from Mississippi to California to become a successful entrepreneur and a generous contributor to social causes.

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Atlanta Daily World founded

*This date marks the founding of the Atlanta Daily World.

William Alexander Scott II, age 26, founded the company, the first successful African American daily newspaper in the United States.

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Cecil Newman, a Minnesota legend in journalism

Cecil Newman

Cecil Newman was born on this date in 1903. He was an African American newspaper publisher and businessman.

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The Champ patents a wrench

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On this date in 1922, Jack Johnson, the world's first African American heavyweight boxing champion, patented a wrench; (U. S. patent#1,413,121).

1001 things everyone should know about African American History
by Jeffery C. Stewart,
Copyright 1996, DoubleDay
ISBN 0-385-47309-5

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