Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of June 23:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Saint Elmo Brady
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Saint Elmo Brady ALSO:
- Earned his Bachelor’s degree from Fisk University (1908)
- Was the FIRST African American admitted to Phi Lambda Upsilon (Chemistry honor society)
- Was able to claim BOTH George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington as mentors
- Earned both his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois
- Established a faculty training program focusing on infrared spectroscopy, a technique used to identify various components in compounds
Extra tidbits: As a graduate student, Brady’s research focused on the characterization of organic acids. Alongside Dr. Samuel Massie (the FIRST African American to join the faculty at the U.S. Naval Academy), Brady published an article focused on the synthesis of a halogen compound, a significant feat because of the element’s use in insecticides at that time. Brady and his wife Myrtle had two sons, Robert and Saint Elmo Brady, Jr., who later became a physician. He died in 1966 at age 82.