Famed attorney Louis A. Bedford Jr. died Thursday after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 88. In 1966, Bedford became the first black to serve on Dallas’ municipal court. His death was announced by the Dallas Bar Association. In 1968, Bedford was the fourth black attorney to join the association. At that time minority lawyers experience racism in the criminal justice system.
Paul Cuffe (1759-1817) was the richest African American in the United States during the early 1800’s. At the age of 19, he sued the Massachusetts courts for the right to vote stating that taxation without representation should be illegal. He built on his own farm, New Bedford’s only school for the children of “free Negroes” and personally sponsored their teachers.
Black Business History: An Entrepreneurial Time Line -Whether freed or enslaved, blacks in American history showed an entrepreneurial spirit. Take a look at the businessmen and businesswomen who paved the way for today's African-American billionaire entrepreneurs, CEOs and corporate executives.