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

John Lankford, Architect born

John A. Lankford

*John Anderson Lankford was born on this date in1874. He was an African American architect, attorney, blacksmith, real estate broker, professor, and author.

He was born and raised on his parents’ farm in Potosi, Missouri, one of eleven children of former slaves Philip Anderson Lankford and Nancy Ella Johnson Lankford. His paternal grandfather was Rev. Philip Andrew Lankford; his paternal line can be traced back to the 1600s in France and to 1645 in Albemarle County, Virginia.

Thomas Sowell, Economist and Author

Thomas Sowell

*Thomas Sowell was born on this date in 1930. He is an African American economist, social critic, political commentator and author.

Harold Dow, an exceptional TV journalist

Harold Dow

*Harold Dow was born on this date in 1947. He was an African American television news journalist.

Ralph Wiley, the pen is mighty and powerful

Ralph Wiley

*Ralph Wiley was born on this date in 1952. He was an African American journalist and author.

From Memphis, TN., he was the son of Ralph H. Wiley (a night watchman) and Dorothy Brown (a professor). Though his father died when he was young, Wiley had strong male role models. Both of his grandfathers were Methodist ministers; his three uncles’ were a mortician, a maitre d'hotel, and a prizefighter. Wiley's mother was also accomplished; she held a master's degree from Northwestern University and taught at the Baptist Owen College in Memphis.

Black Swan Records founder Harry Pace born

Harry Pace

Harry Herbert Pace was born on this date in 1884. He was an African American music publisher and insurance executive.

Theo Allain, businessman and elected official in Louisiana

Theo Allain

On this date we remember the birth of Theophile Allain in 1846. He was a Black farmer, merchant and politician.

Fannie Williams, a black social reformer

Fannie Williams

*This date marks the birth of Fannie Barrier Williams in 1855. From Brockport, N.Y., she was a Black social reformer, lecturer, clubwoman, and co-founder of the National League of Colored Women.

Williams graduated from the local State Normal School (now the State University of New York College at Brockport) in 1870. Thereafter she taught in freedmen's schools at various places in the South and in Washington, D.C. She also studied for periods at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and at the School of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.

Weeksville, a jewel of Brooklyn, New York

Fire House on Ralph Ave.

*On this date from 1838, the Registry celebrates the Weeksville section of Brooklyn, New York. This is an African American community that was build by blacks, for blacks before emancipation.

Robert Henry Lee, a "T"-Town resident!

Robert H. Lee

Robert Henry Lee was born on this date in 1882. He was an African American businessman.

Born in Howard County, MO, of a 16-year old Black girl named Eliza Lee, and her master, plantation owner John Lee, Robert spent most of his childhood living Tipton, MO. He and his mother regularly visited her parents, Armstead and Ellen Lee who lived in nearby Willowfork, MO. The small towns of his youth were places where Black cowboys flourished and were strategically located on the main stage coach line. Young Lee learned farm life and cattle and horse ranching.

Dorthea Church, a fashion modeling icon

Dorthea Church

Dorthea Church was born on this date in 1922. She was an African American fashion model and educator.

Born Dorothea Towles in Texarkana, TX, she was the seventh of eight children in a farming family. She attended Wiley College in Marshall, TX, where she majored in biology. After her mother's death, a wealthy uncle invited her to move into his house in Los Angeles. She transferred to the University of Southern California, where she received a master's degree in education.