If you’re interested in learning about a woman who headed West during the Gold Rush but sought to increase her wealth by providing resources and services that the miners would need, then my Mary Ellen Pleasant Black History Facts profile is for you.
If you’re interested in learning about the entrepreneur and activist who established America’s first fine dining restaurant and helped launch the movement to desegregate New York City’s trolleys then my Thomas Downing Black History Facts profile is for you.
“Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire” by Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines tells the story of an entrepreneur who became the first or one of the first Black millionaires in America. A.G. Gaston was the grandson of slaves and came of age at a time when many Black people in the South were struggling as a result of the end of Reconstruction and the emergence of Jim Crow. Seeing a bleak future working in mining, Gaston began to recognize and take advantage of opportunities to provide services to co-workers and later the broader community. This knack for seeing a need and filling it would result in a sprawling business empire that would also provide support for the Civil Rights Movement.
If you’re interested in learning about the gospel turned soul singer who was the first Black artist to own a record label, then my Sam Cooke Black History Facts profile is for you.
If you’re interested in learning about a chemist who synthesized medications from plants used to treat glaucoma and rheumatoid arthritis then my Percy Lavon Julian Black History Short is for you.