Thursday, March 01, 2007

WGBH Teachers' Domain Launches Chemistry and Civil Rights Special Collections

In partnership with the PBS/NOVA program “Forgotten Genius”, a Percy Julian Resource Collection is live now on the Teachers' Domain web site. In 1950, Percy Julian was one of the few African Americans with a Ph.D. He was Chicago's man of the year and a groundbreaking scientist. But it wasn't an easy road. Denied teaching positions and the target of death threats, Julian struggled to get ahead in a racially hostile world. New media-rich resources, adapted from NOVA: “Forgotten Genius”, explore how Julian revolutionized chemistry with the first synthesis of a chemical compound, as well as the challenges he overcame as an African American despite legalized segregation.


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