Business

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

The Champ patents a wrench


Blueprint (copy)

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).

Reference:
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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Folding bed patented


Blueprint (copy)

On this date in 1899, African American Leonard C. Bailey patented the folding bed.

Reference:
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Mail Stop USPTO Contact Center
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313

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Gertrude Mossell was a journalist & educator


Gertrude Mossell

Gertrude Mossell was born on this date in 1855. She was a Black feminist journalist and educator.

She was born in Philadelphia, and worked as a teacher for several years before becoming a journalist in the early 1870s. She wrote columns and articles for many black newspapers including the Indianapolis World, the Philadelphia Echo, the Richmond Rankin Institute, Our Women and Children, and Woman's Era. She also wrote for white newspapers and magazines such as the Ladies Home Journal, The Philadelphia Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Philadelphia Press.

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Civil Rights leader and businessman, M. Carl Holman


M. Carl
Holman

On this date in 1918, M. Carl Holman was born. He was an African American civil rights leader and president of the National Urban Coalition (1971-88) who promoted the need for a mutual partnership between industry and government to foster inner-city development.

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Professionalism in television news; Ed Bradley


Ed Bradley

Ed Bradley, an African American journalist, was born on this date in 1941.

Born in Philadelphia, Bradley grew up in a single-parent household and learned the value of hard work from his mother. Bradley once recalled that his parents worked 20-hour days at two jobs apiece. "I was told, 'You can be anything you want, kid,'" he once told an interviewer. "When you hear that often enough, you believe it."

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The Apollo Theater opens

*This date celebrates the opening of The Apollo Theater in 1933.

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Moneta Sleet, photographer of excellence


Moneta Sleet

*On this date 1926, Moneta Sleet was born. He was an African American photographer.

From Owensboro, KY, he began taking photographs after his parents gave an old box camera. After graduating from high school, Sleet attended Kentucky State College and later he relocated to New York City. It was there that he earned a M.A. in journalism from NYU. In 1955, Sleet joined the staff at Ebony Magazine, covering many prominent moments of the Civil Rights Movement, the Nobel Peace Prize, and other world events.

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Former slave becomes newspaper publisher


Horace
Cayton Sr.

On this date, we remember the birth in 1859 of Horace Cayton, an African American who had been a slave and became publisher of the Seattle Republican newspaper.

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A'Lelia Walker, Harlem businesswoman


A'Lelia Walker

On this date, A'Lelia Walker was born in 1885. She was an African American businesswoman. She was associated with the Harlem Renaissance as a patron of the arts who provided an intellectual forum for the Black literati of New York City during the 1920s.

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Black architects have a rich American history


1800 design by Louis Metoyer

On this date, we celebrate African American architecture. Blacks have been involved in building and architecture since the colonial era of America.

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