On August 12, 2006, Mississippi civil rights activist Victoria Gray Adams died at the age of 79.
On August 11, 1987, Jesse Jackson and his organization PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) ended a month-long boycott with Coca-Cola.
On August 10, 1970, Shirley Chisholm delivered a speech in support of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1970.
On August 9, 1987, the TLC Group owned by Reginald Lewis purchased Beatrice Foods for $985 million.
On August 8, 1805, the African Baptist Church was founded by Reverend Thomas Paul.
On August 7, 2007, Barry Bonds hit his 756th career home run breaking Hank Aaron’s record.
On August 6, 1962, Jamaican Independence Day was first celebrated in Jamaica, to commemorate their independence from the United Kingdom.
On August 5, 1928, Atlanta’s oldest black newspaper, the Atlanta Daily World, was founded in 1928 by William Alexander Scott II.
On August 4, 1964, the bodies of three civil rights leaders were found near Philadelphia, Mississippi after being missing since June 21st.
On August 3, 1936, Jesse Owens won his first Olympic gold medal at the Berlin Olympics.