August 2017

Cleveland Josephus Eaton, Jr.



Aug 1 Michael Duane Johnson became the first man to win Gold medals in the 200 and 400 meter races at the same Olympic Games, 1996.
Aug 2 James Arthur Baldwin, novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and civil rights activist, was born in Harlem, New York, 1924.
Aug 3 Frank Godden instrumental in the growth of the Santa Clarita Valley’s Val Verde, known as “the black Palm Springs,” died, 2012.
Aug 4 Barack Hussein Obama II, the first African American President of the United States, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, 1961.
Aug 5 Shirley Jackson, first female and African American president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was born in Washington, D. C., 1946.
Aug 6 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote, 1965.
Aug 7 Ralph Johnson Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize winner, political scientist and diplomat, was born in Detroit, Michigan, 1904.
Aug 8 William Augustus Hinton, bacteriologist, pathologist, educator, and first African American to publish a medical textbook, died, 1959.
Aug 9 Jesse Owens wins fourth gold medal at Summer Olympics in Berlin, 1936.
Aug 10 General Colin Powell is nominated chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the first African American to hold the post, 1989.
Aug 11 Alex Haley, author of “Roots” and “The Autobiography of Malcom X”, was born in Ithaca, New York, 1921.
Aug 12 Emma Ophelia DeVore, the first prominent African American model in the United States, was born in Edgefield, South Carolina, 1922.
Aug 13 The Brownsville Raid of 1906, “Brownsville Affair,” resulted in the largest U.S. Army dismissal, 167 African American soldiers, 1906.
Aug 14 Maria Halle Berry, first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, 1966.
Aug 15 Monroe Nathan Work, sociologist and bibliographer, and publisher of the “Negro Year Book”, was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, 1866.
Aug 16 Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun, the first African American woman elected to the United States Senate, was born in Chicago, Illinois, 1947.
Aug 17 Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., publisher, entrepreneur, orator and Black Nationalist, was born in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, 1887.
Aug 18 James H. Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi, 1963.
Aug 19 Benjamin Banneker, wrote a letter to then U.S. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson pointing out the hypocrisy of slavery, 1791.
Aug 20 The first 20 Africans were brought to what would become Jamestown, Virginia aboard a Dutch ship, 1619.
Aug 21 George Franklin Grant, pioneering dentist and inventor of the golf tee, patent number 638,920, died, 1910.
Aug 22 The Haitian Revolution began when slaves in Saint Domingue (Haiti) rose in revolt and plunged the colony into a 12 year war, 1791.
Aug 23 The National Negro Business League was founded in Boston, Massachusetts with Booker T. Washington as its first president, 1900.
Aug 24 Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader and the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, died, 1987.
Aug 25 Althea Gibson, first African American to win the French, Wimbledon, and U. S. Open singles titles, was born in Silver, South Carolina, 1927.
Aug 26 19th Amendment to the Constitution ratified, giving women the right to vote, 1920.
Aug 27 William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, civil rights activist, historian and author, died, 1963.
Aug 28 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. King delivers his “I have a dream” speech, 1963.
Aug 29 Michael Joseph Jackson, hall of fame singer and the “King of Pop,” was born in Gary, Indiana, 1958.
Aug 30 Guion Stewart Bluford Jr. becomes the first African American to travel in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger, 1983.
Aug 31 Marva Collins, educator and author, was born in Monroeville, Alabama, 1936.
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