In the early 1900s, Tulsa Oklahoma was home to a prosperous African district known as Greenwood. This district was so successful that a dollar would stay within the district an estimated nineteen months before being spend elsewhere. Home to many successful black businesses, the "colored district" of Tulsa was much more prosperous than its white … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 19 – Tulsa’s Black Wall Street
Although her story is not as well known, Annie Turnbo Malone was the businesswoman and chemist that founded the first line of African-American hair care products and America's first black millionairess. Her pioneering efforts were in the creation of her hair care products, as well as her modern distribution system that would be emulated by … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 17 – The Pioneer of African-American hair care.
John H. Johnson is a familiar name to nearly every African-American family. As the founder of Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazine, his publications were in nearly every African-American household in America. His vision to provide news and stories relevant to black people made him one of the most significant businessman and … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 16 – The Man Who Told Our Story
Elijah J. McCoy was a Canadian-American inventor and engineer who was notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most having to do with the lubrication of steam engines. In 1872 he designed a “lubricating cup” that distributed oil evenly over an engine's moving parts. Though other inventors made an effort to sell their own models of … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 13 – The Real McCoy
Today I'd like to share the story of the oldest and largest African-American life insurance company in the United States, The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. I have to admit that I had not heard of this company until recently. I was even more surprised to hear that it is still active, meaning … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 3 – North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company