The Colored Citizen, Helena, Montana (1894)

The Colored Citizen published weekly in Helena, Montana, for a little over two months during the electoral campaign season, September to November 1894. The paper proclaimed its purpose to become “the mouthpiece . . . to educate the public to a full appreciation of our [African Americans in … Read MoreThe Colored Citizen, Helena, Montana (1894)

The Montana Plaindealer, Helena, Montana (1906-1911)

On  March 16, 1906, Joseph B. Bass printed the first issue of The Montana Plaindealer in Helena, Montana, a community that included more than 400 African Americans, or about 3% of the city’s population. Bass came to Helena a veteran newspaperman, having worked on the Topeka Plaindealer in Kansas … Read MoreThe Montana Plaindealer, Helena, Montana (1906-1911)

Mellody Hobson (1969– )

Mellody Hobson and George Lucas "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Mellody Hobson is the president of Ariel Investments (AI), which was founded in 1983 by John W. Rogers, Jr. With the continued growth of the African American middle class, the number of black investors has risen. … Read MoreMellody Hobson (1969– )

Channing Dungey (1969– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Channing Dungey is the first black person in history to run a major network, appointed head of the entertainment division of ABC on February 17, 2016. Dungey joined the ABC family in 2004, and since 2013 held the title of executive … Read MoreChanning Dungey (1969– )

Fitzgerald Redd Beaver (Fitz) (1922–1991)

"Image Ownership:Public Domain" Fitzgerald Redd Beaver was a mid-and late 20th century media entrepreneur in the Pacific Northwest. He was the founder and publisher of The Facts, one of the two major black newspapers in Seattle, Washington since the 1960s. Building on a long tradition … Read MoreFitzgerald Redd Beaver (Fitz) (1922–1991)

Harlem Désir (1959- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Harlem Désir is currently a socialist politician and Foreign Affairs Under-Secretary for Europe in the government of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.  His career began in the 1980s when he was a leftist student who protested racism and the leader of … Read MoreHarlem Désir (1959- )

Russell S. Gideon (1904-1985)

Russell S. Gideon was a Seattle, Washington businessman, pharmacist, and pioneer in the development of senior housing.  From 1977 until his death in 1985, he was recognized yearly by Ebony magazine as one the nation’s 100 most influential black citizens.  He was a respected community … Read MoreRussell S. Gideon (1904-1985)