Business

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

Photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten born


Carl Van Vechten

*Carl Van Vechten was born on this date in 1880. He was a White American Photographer and writer whose photographs gave legitimate exposure to the Black experience in America.

Gil Noble, "Like It Is" TV host


Gil Noble

*Gil Noble was born on this date in 1932. He was an African American television broadcaster and journalist.

John McHie, laborer and small businessman


John Louis McHie Sr.

*John McHie was born on this date in 1877. He was an African American laborer and businessman.

Morrie Turner, Cartoonist extraordinaire


Morrie Turner

*Morrie Turner was born on this date in 1923. He was a syndicated African American cartoonist and artist.

From Oakland, California, his father was a Pullman porter and his mother a nurse, he began drawing seriously in elementary school. Morris "Morrie" Turner attended McClymonds High School; in his senior year, he moved to Berkeley to finish his high school years at Berkeley High School. During this time he began questioning why there were no minorities in cartoons, his mentor, Charles Schulz who created Peanuts, suggested he create one.

Moses Rodgers, pioneering California miner


Moses Rodgers' grave
with Historian Grant Ashley

*Moses Rodgers was born on this date in 1845. He was a Black miner and mining engineer pioneer of California.

Businessman and Abolitionist William Goodridge born


William Goodridge

*The birth of William Goodridge is celebrated on this date in 1805. He was a Black businessman and abolitionist.

Black Owned airline open for business in South Africa

*On this date in 2011, the official launch Santaco Airlines occurred. Santaco Airlines is South Africa's first fully black-owned airline.

Julianne Malveaux knows public policy and finance


Julianne Malveaux

*Julianne Malveaux was born on this date in 1953. She is an African American educator, activist and administrator. Malveaux is from San Francisco.

Attucks Music Publishing founded


Attucks Music Co. (poster)

*On this date in 1904, the Attucks Music Publishing Company opened for business. This was one of the first African American music publishing businesses. Housed at 1255 Broadway in New York City, The Company was named after Crispus Attucks, the first Black to die in the Revolutionary War. Attucks Music in-house writers included Tom Lemonier, Alex Rogers, William Tyers, Jesse Shipp and Bert Williams. Some of their material had illustrations of Bert Williams and his partner George Walker. A few also featured Walker's wife, Ada Overton Walker.

Pierre Toussaint, businessman and philanthropist


Pierre Toussaint

*Pierre Toussaint was born on this date in 1766. He was Haitian immigrant to America, businessman and philanthropist.