Black Friday Newsletter 02-18-2022

Portrait of Percy Lavon Julian (1899-1975), African American research chemist and pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants.

Percy Lavon Julian was born in Montgomery, Alabama on April 11, 1899 and received his B.S., majoring in chemistry, from DePauw University in 1920. In 1923, Julian received an Austin Fellowship to attend Harvard University, where… Read more… (External link to Science History Institute)

Also of interest, please read Dr. Julian’s letter to then president of the ACS in1956 regarding accommodations for the Spring meeting in Miami.


Our Own – Profiles of Black Chemists from our Dept.
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This week, Kara Anazi. Visit the Perspectives link on our DEI Website to view our Black Alumni and current Black graduate students who continue to make an impact in Chemistry. We will continue to add profiles to this page.


Black History Month – Events in CLAS
Throughout Africa and the African Diaspora, Black people have expressed love in many forms. From speaking to their loved ones, to piecing their memories of their homeland in their diasporic locations, to paying their homage to their ancestors, these complex threads of knowledge production have shaped identities and influenced traditional practices. This discussion Read more…



Resources to keep us learning


Much of the following content was provided by the DISC Newletter distributed by Dr. Eleni Bozia

The newly-acquired visionary and memory paintings of Between Heaven & Earth – The Paintings of Alyne Harris are part of the City of Gainesville’s Of This Place permanent art collection. This remarkable community cultural asset is on exhibition at the Thomas Center and has been extended until March 19, 2022. The exhibition features 200 paintings by Gainesville native Alyne Harris, who paints to express both her lived experiences and her profound spiritual life. More about Alyne Harris.