Onie Burnett Granville (1916-1998)

Visionary businessman Onie Burnett Granville, a Los Angeles, California Realtor, founded two black-owned and operated state-chartered banks in the 1960s, the Bank of Finance in Los Angeles in 1964 and the Freedom Bank of Finance in Portland, Oregon in 1968.  Both banks were the first of their kind in their respective cities and among the … Read MoreOnie Burnett Granville (1916-1998)

Leonard C. Bailey (1825-1918)

Leonard Bailey was an African American inventor and businessman in Washington, D.C., in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in 1825 to an impoverished free black family, Bailey rose in status by becoming a journeyman barber. Through this success, he eventually came to operate and own many of the … Read MoreLeonard C. Bailey (1825-1918)

Fred “Downtown Freddie” Brown (1948– )

“Image Ownership: David Eskenazi Collection” Fred Brown, who is also known as “Downtown Freddie Brown,” is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Brown played for the University of Iowa before being drafted in 1971 by the Seattle Supersonics with … Read MoreFred “Downtown Freddie” Brown (1948– )