Celebrating Black History Month 2020

African-Americans have played a profound role in shaping our country. Innovations like automatic elevator doors, the traffic light, and even caller ID all sprung from the creative minds of black luminaries.

Join us this Black History Month as we recognize some of their achievements in business.

Khalia Braswell

Not only a user-experience engineer at Apple, Khalia founded the INTech Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire girls to innovate in the technology industry. INTech has reached over 200 minority girls across North and South Carolina by hosting one-day camps, mini-camps, and a summer camp. Khalia was listed as one of “10 Black Female Leaders in Tech to Watch” by Hackbright Academy.

 


Thomas Jennings

The next time you drop off your clothes at the dry cleaner, you can thank Thomas Jennings. Jennings invented a process called ‘dry scouring,’ a forerunner of modern dry cleaning. He patented the process in 1821, making him likely the first black person in America to receive a patent.

Many of his earnings from the invention went towards the fight for abolition. He would go on to found or support a number of charities and legal aid societies, as well as Freedom’s Journal, the first black-owned newspaper in America.

 


Janice Bryant Howroyd

Janice Bryant Howroyd is the first African-American woman to operate a company that brings in more than $1 billion in revenue annually. She’s the founder and CEO of the ActOne Group, an employment agency and consultancy firm. ActOne Group is the largest privately held, woman- and minority-owned workforce management company in the United States.

 

 


John Morton Finney

John Morton-Finney was a civil rights activist, lawyer, educator, army veteran; he earned eleven degrees and was the oldest practicing attorney in the United States for a time. He received his first law degree in 1935 from Lincoln College but he was far from done. He went on to get four more degrees in law including an L.L.B and a J.D from Indiana University. Morton-Finney continued to practice law until he was 107 years old.

 

At Hibu, we proudly salute these four pioneers and the accomplishments of all innovative, revolutionary African-Americans, in business and beyond during Black History Month.

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