March 1, 2021



Black Entrepreneur History tells the stories of African American/Black entrepreneurs, and by that, African Americans of all ages can learn how to launch their own businesses by reading and realizing the footsteps of their own ancestors and how they did it … sometimes from barely nothing.


Black Entrepreneur History is founded by “female master of the multi-genre” author and co-founder of Akirim Press book publishing house Mirika Mayo Cornelius, along with her husband who is also an author and entrepreneur Rod Cornelius.

They are also founders and designers of apparel lines Royalty in Black and Read To Freedom.

Black Entrepreneur History was created out of her passion for learning about black entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Therefore, she jumped at the chance at growing and being the number one source for black entrepreneur history.

“I wanted to create a revolving online home for black entrepreneurship. When I say revolving, I mean a place that builds on its own, constantly updating with present and past black entrepreneur news, in order that as we move forward in future, there will be a place that easily connects the past with the present in real time, not scattered, but easily found among brand new and exciting African American startups and businesses.”

“Even more than that, Black Entrepreneur History is here to educate and teach what our African American/Black ancestors did in order to thrive and create something from nothing. If they can do it, we can do it. They taught us lessons in their lives, but many don’t know how they did it because we aren’t learning Black Entrepreneur History and its strength. We can learn from our ancestors. They taught us well in their entrepreneurial endeavors all the way from the time of slavery. We have always been entrepreneurs.” – Mirika Mayo Cornelius, author and co-founder of Akirim Press