This year we are celebrating Juneteenth as a people, a company, and as a nation! As we work hard to lead with inspiration, create with passion and exist with purpose, we honor those individuals that came before us, trekking the way for creators of all kinds amid unimaginable adversities.
Before we begin, some may ask, what is Juneteenth? Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, or Emancipation Day, a federal mandate was released on June 19, 1865, to free all slaves. While it was ignored by the majority of Southern States that fought against its country, it marks the beginning of education, status, and essential opportunity for those of African descent. As a black business owner, I honor my ancestors that were in bondage during this time.
Let’s celebrate these tremendous inspirational marketing minds and trailblazers ahead of their time that created significant inventions that changed our lives. Before 1865 African Americans were considered property and were not able to register a patent. After 1865, the following African American’s registered these significant patents and ideas.
Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806) was a self-taught mathematician and surveyor. He created his first clock at age 22 and the first Banneker’s Almanac in 1792. He gave this book to Thomas Jefferson and requested that he award African American’s the same rights as American white men. Jefferson replied to Banneker, writing, “nature has given our black brethren talents equal to those of other colors of man.” Unfortunately, it took 59 years after Banneker’s death for the abolishment of slavery; Juneteenth.
Alexander Miles (1838-1918) invented Automatic Elevator doors in 1887
Sarah Boone (1832-1904) Improved Ironing Board to exist the way we use it today, with a patent in 1892.
Lewis Howard Latimer was a member of Thomas Edison’s research team and later became the head draftsman for General Electric. His patent, issued in 1882, improved the stability of electric lamps.
Jan Ernst Matzeliger (1852–1889) created a Lasting process that allowed shoemakers to develop around 150 -700 pairs of shoes per day instead of the usual 50.
Most widely known is Madam CJ Walker or Sarah Breedlove Walker (1867–1919), who created the hot comb in place of an ironing board to straighten the hair of African Americans. Her marketing system made her a household name and the first black woman millionaire.
To honor these notable African American inventors and marketing trailblazers in the 18th century, Brand Manifest would like to offer limited-time access to The Brand Manifest Hub. In short, The BMI Hub is a marketing dashboard that streamlines all of your marketing efforts and needs in one place. Use this tool to optimize social media, garner ad reports, optimize your online presence through artificial intelligence, reputation management, and much more. In honor of black-owned small businesses, this offer will remain open until June 30, 2021. Complete this simple form to submit your business.