Business

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

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.

Charlie Bullard help build the Minnesota State Capitol


Casiville Bullard Home

*Casiville Bullard was born on this date in 1873. He was an African American Stone Mason and Carpenter.

News Publisher extraordinare John Q. Adams


John Quincy Adams

*John Quincy Adams was born on this date in 1848. He was a Black businessman and newspaper publisher.

Adams was one of four children of the Reverend Henry Adams, minister of the Fifth Street Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky, and Margaret Priscilla Corbin of Chillicothe, Ohio. He received his elementary and secondary education in private schools at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, later graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio. Upon graduation he returned to Louisville where he began teaching in his father's school and in other parts of the state.

Sally Hemings, a controversial Black woman


Mulberry Row, Monticello

*The birth of Sally Hemings in 1773 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black domestic chambermaid. She was also the mistress to and mother of (some) of the children of president Thomas Jefferson.

Unbrella Stand Patented

*On this date in1885, William C. Carter patented an umbrella stand. Carter, an African American inventor’s file number is U.S. patent #323,397.

Global Black Inventors

Kwame McDonald, journalist and (visionary) activist


Kwame McDonald

*Kwame McDonald was born on this date in 1931. He was an African American journalist, administrator and activist.

Barbara Cyrus, journalist and activist


Barbara Cyrus

*Barbara Cyrus was born on this date 1917. She was an African American librarian, journalist, editor, author and activist.

Lorenzo Williams mixed business with artistry


Lorenzo Williams

*Lorenzo Williams was born on September 3, 1923. He was an African American architect, entrepreneur and activist.

Thomas Flemings, a journalistic pioneer


Thomas Flemings

*Thomas Flemings was born on this date in 1907. He was an African American newspaper journalist.

From Jacksonville, Florida his grandmother initially raised Fleming. At the age of 8 his family moved to Harlem, New York and in 1919 they moved to Chico, California. In 1926 he graduated from Chico High School and began working as a bellhop for the Admiral Line, (then) spending five years as a cook for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He entered journalism in the early 1930s as an unpaid writer for the Spokesman, a progressive Black newspaper in San Francisco.

Alonzo Herndon, pioneering businessman


Alonzo Herndon

*Alonzo Herndon was born on this date in 1858. He was an African American businessman.