All of these Black Notables, born in the month of August, need to be connected to the Global Family Tree. Can you help by adding profiles of family members until a connection to the Global Tree is made?
The notables, in order of their birthdays, are:
1 August: Civil Rights Leader Benjamin Mays
8 August: Explorer Matthew Henson
12 August: Businesswoman Marjorie Joyner
20 August: Naval Hero John Henry Turpin
23 August: Basketball star Kobe Bryant
25 August: Tennis star Althea Gibson
26 August: "Hidden Figures" Mathematician Katherine Johnson
27 August: United 93 Flight Officer LeRoy Homer Jr.
29 August: Surgeon Vivien Thomas
30 August: Activist Fred Hampton
30 August: Activist Roy Wilkins
31 August: Activist Eldridge Cleaver
If you are able to connect a profile, leave an answer and I will mark them as complete. Thank you for helping the U.S. Black Heritage Project connect these profiles!
See Benjamin Franklin Roberts (1815 - 1881)
His father Robert Roberts (1780 - 1860)
His uncle Rev. Hosea Easton (1798 - 1837)
I’ve connected partially
I’ll help where I can as I’m mainly interesting in 19th century Era
I added bio to Benjamin Mays father Hezekiah Mays, Sr with some more sources and categories. Created the cemetery category etc.
It appears Hezekiah Mays, Sr. father’s name is James May and a mother Julia (unknown). Per death record source
This is most likely his brother James Mays son of Hezekiah Mays Find-A-Grave see source Here
I applaud this effort. There are so many unconnected black notables that putting up the full list would probably be too intimidating. But dividing them up by month makes it seem a lot more doable. Good job!