Blues, gospel and jazz vocalist and actress Ethel Waters died on Sept. 1, 1977.
Eldridge Cleaver, a leader in the Black Panther Party, was born on Aug. 31, 1935.
Thurgood Marshall confirmed as first African-American Supreme Court justice on Aug. 30, 1967.
Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination on Aug. 28, 2008.
W. E. B. Du Bois died in Ghana, West Africa, on Aug. 27, 1963.
On Aug. 26, 1968, Julian Bond received an invalid vice presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention.