Business

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

Chester Commodore, a creative cartoonist


Chester Commodore

*Chester Commodore was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American Cartoonist.

From in Racine, Wisconsin, Chesterfield Commodore was the son of Pascal and Elizabeth (Bessie Fite) Commodore, along with five siblings; Althea (a half-sister), Blanche, Josephine, Louis, and Ruth.  His parents and sisters moved to Chicago in 1923, but Chester and his older brother, Louis stayed with his maternal grandmother, Della Fite, in her Racine boarding house. 

Russell Simmons, not business as unsual


Russell Simmons

*Russell Simmons was born on this date in 1957. He is an African American entrepreneur.

Andrew Brimmer, economist and more


Andrew Brimmer

*Andrew Brimmer was born on this date in 1926. He is an African American economist, businessman, and author.

Born in Newellton, Louisiana Brimmer was the son of sharecroppers and attended racially segregated schools. He served in the Army from 1945-1946 and then attended the University of Washington receiving his bachelors and master's degrees. In 1951 Brimmer received a Fulbright scholarship to study in India. He returned to the United States enrolled in Harvard University in 1952, receiving his PhD in 1957.

Anthony Overton, business pioneer


Anthony Overton

*The birth of Anthony Overton on this date in 1865 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American lawyer and businessman.

Willie Adams applied street sense to business


William L. Adams

*William Lloyd Adams was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American businessman.

Faye Tredwell, manager of music


Faye Tredwell

*Faye Treadwell was born on this date in 1926. She was an African American music business manager.

The oldest of four children of a Baptist minister father and a schoolteacher mother, she was born Fayrene Lavern Johnson in Okolona, Ark. She graduated from Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock and moved to Los Angeles in 1950 and was working for the Los Angeles school board when she met her future husband George Treadwell, a veteran music manager whose clients included Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Sammy Davis Jr.

Mary Washington, a first for CPA's


Mary T. Washington

*Mary Washington was born on this date in 1906. She was an African American accountant and CPA.

Jesse Binga, a Chicago businessman legend


Jesse Binga

*Jesse Binga was born on this date in 1865.  He was an African American businessman.

Xernona Clayton, journalist and activist


Xernona Clayton

*Xernona Clayton was born on this date in 1930. She is an AfricanAmerican journalist and businesswoman.

J. L. Wilkinson, Black baseball architect


J. L. Wilkinson

*J. L. Wilkinson was born on this date in 1878. He was a White American Black sports executive.

Born in Algona, Iowa, James Leslie Wilkinson grew up in Des Moines and attended Highland Park College.  While there he pitched for the baseball team while also playing professional and semiprofessional ball. An injury ended his playing career, but he remained on the management side of the game for the rest of his working life.