August Birthdays

Please join us celebrating the birthdays of these notable figures and applaud them for their work in Social Justice. 

Maggie Kuhn (August 3, 1905)

Maggie Kuhn was an elder rights activist and known for founding the Gray Panthers Movement in 1970. After being forced into retirement she established the movement to advocate nursing home reform and contest ageism. She also advocated for human rights and social and economic justice. 

Kenny Washington (August 31, 1928)

Kenny Washington was the first African American football player to sign a contract with the National Football League and played for the Los Angeles Rams. As a student at UCLA, Washington rushed 1,914 yards and set a 34-year record. In 1939, he was one of the four African American players in the UCLA football team. He was also inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame and UCLA retired his number 13 jersey. Washington broke racial barriers in the National Football League.

Sudha Murthy (August 19, 1950)

Sudha Murthy is an Indian social worker and author. Her social work includes, founding several orphanages and programs to provide computers and libraries to schools under the Karnataka government. She has received numerous awards such as, Best Teacher Award in 1995 from the Rotary Club in Bangalore, National Award from Public Relation Society of India for Outstanding Social Service to the Society, Raja-Lakshmi Award for her contribution to social work, and more.

 *The Museum of Social Justice would like to hear from you! If there is a notable figure who was born in September and should be recognized in our Monthly Birthday posts, please feel free to email Please submit by August 15, 2014. The winner will receive a prize.  

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