August

Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to South Carolina African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on South Carolina history. 

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August

1

1894

Benjamin Elijah Mays, educator, social activist, mentor to Dr. King, and the president of Morehouse College was born in Epworth, SC

1

1963

The "Committee of 85" in Columbia votes to urge the city council to adopt a non-discriminatory hiring policy

3

1921

South Carolina's first African American federal judge, Judge Matthew J. Perry was born in Columbia, SC

4

1810

Robert Purvis, the “President of the Underground Railroad” was born in Charleston, SC

8

1955

Jonathan Green one of the most important painters of the southern experience was born in Gardens Corner, SC

11

1965

Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominated actress Viola Davis was born in St. Matthews, SC

12

1922

One of the first African American models in the United States, Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell was born in Edgefield, SC

12

1963

Leading Columbia merchants announce removal of segregation signs from fountains, restrooms, and dressing rooms

17

1849

Archibald Grimke, one of the first African-Americans to attend Harvard Law School was born near Charleston, SC

18

1939

Maxine Brown, R&B and soul singer was born in Kingstree, SC

25

1927

Althea Gibson, first black Wimbledon champion was born in Clarendon County, SC

27

1963

A bomb explodes near University of South Carolina student, Henri Monteith's home

28

1963

Sumter NAACP chairman James T. McCain serves as a key organizer for the March on Washington

31

1885

Edwin DuBose Heyward, author of Porgy was born in Charleston, SC