What do Nancy Green, Albert William Johnsin, Jesse Binga, Cirilo A. McSween, Nathan Chapman and Catherine Davis-Cartey have in common? They are African Americans who mastered the skills needed to advance in business. They garnered acclaim by achieving success in advertising, insurance, finance and in the automobile industry.
The history of the African American would not be complete without paying homage to those who plowed through lack and economic disparity and took great risks to achieve distinction in business and commerce. They used their skills, occupations and professions to excel in the business world.
Buying and selling, bartering and trading, goods and services, commodities and commerce, commercial and industrial, deals and dollars, stocks and bonds, CEO and Corporate Executive; these words are not new to African Americans. One only has to pick up a copy of Black Enterprise magazine, founded by Earl G. Graves in 1970, to appreciate their contributions to the economic development of the United States of America.
Featured Spotlight: Fred Douglas Garrett, Sr.Fred Douglas Garrett, Sr. was born in Salley, SC to the late Mattie Baston Garrett on December 23, 1924. In 1943, Garrett graduated from Schofield Normal and Industrial High School and after high school joined the U.S. Navy. Garrett attended and graduated from SC State College in 1951 with a bachelor's of Agricultural Science. After graduation, he worked in Florence County as a county agent for Clemson University's agricultural extension program. In 1952, Garrett moved to Greenville SC where he worked as a Greenville County extension agent. In 1958, Garrett started working part-time at Watkins, Arnold And Shepard Mortuary. Later he became part owner and manager in the business, so the name changed to Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. In 1939, Garrett became sole owner of the mortuary. View More Profiles
Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson was an American tennis player and professional golfer and one of the first Black athletes to cross the color line of international tennis. .
Black History USA Youth Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 2015 by Glenn Singleton, publisher of Black History USA, an annual Black History calendar. Mr. Singleton's vision when creating the foundation was to further develop and cultivate relationships between the youth of Greenville and the Scholarship foundation. Through this relationship, the Future Leaders Conference was formed.Learn More