KennyWashington (August 31, 1918 - June 24, 1971) was the first black player in the modern-era NFL when he was signed by the LA Rams on March 21, 1946. He had been a college standout at UCLA where he played in a backfield with Jackie Robinson, Woody Strode, and Ray Bartlett. After retirement from football he became an officer for the LAPD.
Frank Robinson (born August 31, 1935) signed with the National League’s Cincinnati Reds after high school. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1956 and Most Valuable Player in 1961. During his career he played with the Orioles, Angels, Dodgers and Indians. In 1975, he became the first Major League African-American manager. He was inducted into the the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
Born Peggy Ann Freeman, 6'2" model Donyale Luna (August 31, 1945 - May 17, 1979) was the first African-American model to appear on the cover of British Vogue (1966). She appeared in several Andy Warhol films as well as playing the witch Oenothea in Fellini Satyricon and in the title role of the 1972 Italian film Salome. She died of a heroin overdose at the age of 33.
Melvin Randolph "Randy" Primas, Jr. (August 31, 1949 - March 1, 2012) was an American politician who served as the first African American Mayor of Camden, New Jersey from 1981-1990. Before becoming mayor, Primas enjoyed a successful business career as the Vice President of Burger King Entities economic development program sponsored by the Black People's Unity Movement.
|Recorded on August 31 and September 6, 1960, "We Insist!" (subtitled "Max Roach"s Freedom Now Suite")|
|Two white students watch as African American children enter the previously|
all-white Rosewood Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, on August 31, 1964
|On August 31, 1970, the police raided the Philadelphia headquarters of the Black Panther Party.|
|Whitney Houston and Oprah Winfrey during an interview at Town Hall in|
New York City for "The Oprah Winfrey Show".
|President Barack Obama bids farewell to Gen. Lloyd Austin III at Fort Bliss in|
El Paso, Texas, August 31, 2012.
|Print of Joseph Cinque appearing in The New York Sun, August 31. 1839.|
|The Baltimore Afro American, August 31, 1963.|
|Go Down, Moses!: Daily Devotions Inspired by Old|
Negro Spirituals by Leonidas A. Johnson. $9.03.
417 pages. Publisher: Judson Press (August 31, 1999)
|Willie's Boys: The 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, |
The Last Negro League World Series, and the Making
of a Baseball Legend by John Klima. $18.79.
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 31, 2009). 320 pages.