August Nominees

August 1: Herman Melville, the iconoclastic genius who was equally adept at domestic comedy, scathing social satire, compelling psychological fiction, historical and adventure fiction, and, yes, whale tales.
August 2: James Baldwin, one of America’s most unique, multi-talented, eloquent, and uncategorizable writers, cultural figures, activists, and icons.
August 3: John Scopes, the Tennessee schoolteacher whose teaching of evolution—and more exactly whose willingness to take a stand in defense of that teaching—helped change the course of American education, law, and history, and inspired many cultural representations.
August 4: A tie between two unique and very talented 20th century American artists and voices, Louis Armstrong and Robert Hayden.
August 5: Another tie, this one between two pioneers without whom American history (as a discipline and as a narrative) would be significantly different, Mary Ritter Beard and Neil Armstrong. 
August 6: A tie between two 20th century figures who took Americans to places they had never been before, Matthew Henson and Lucille Ball.
August 7: Ralph Bunche, the pioneering political scientist and mediator whose efforts in Palestine earned him the Nobel Peace Prize, one of many signal achievements in his inspiring life.
August 10: Anna Julia Cooper!
August 13: A tie between two very different but equally interesting and influential 19th century women, Lucy Stone and Annie Oakley.
August 14: Ernest Thayer, the philosopher, journalist, and poet whose most defining legacy is as the author of the definitive poetic tribute to America’s national pastime. 
August 15: Julia Child, without whose unique and charismatic voice and presence American cooking, culture, and society would have been left significantly more hungry and less fun. 
August 17: Davy Crockett, whose identity has been a complicated combination of myth, legend, and reality since his multi-part life, his death, and the many cultural representations of them both.
August 19: Another tie, this time between two men without whom the history of television and popular culture would be very different, Philo Farnsworth and Gene Roddenberry.
August 20: H.P. Lovecraft, one of the true masters of horror, fantasy, “weird tales,” and other supernatural and fantastic literatures, and a figure whose creations and imagination have influenced countless sides to 20th and 21st century American and world culture--and whose controversies and failings have a great deal to tell us as well. 
August 21: A tie between two game-changing performers who jazzed up American culture and scored hugely influential legacies, William “Count” Basie and Wilt Chamberlain.
August 22: A tie between two very different but equally unique, talented, and just plain entertaining 20th century writers, Dorothy Parker and Ray Bradbury.
August 23: Clifford Geertz, the pioneering cultural anthropologist who brought literary, psychological, and sociological insights to the field, and profoundly influenced our understandings of society, religion, community, and ourselves.
August 25: A tie between two supremely talented and pioneering 20th century icons, composer Leonard Bernstein and tennis great Althea Gibson.
August 26: Lee DeForest, the scientist and inventor without whose contributions the worlds of radio, television, and film would sound very different—if they sounded at all.
August 29: Temple Grandin, the doctor and professor of animal science who is also and most significantly one of autism’s most vocal and inspiring advocates  and voices.
August 31: A tie between two hugely impressive and inspiring 19thel century Americans, Ely Parker and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin.

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