A Love Letter for Black History Month: St. Elmo Brady, the first Black Ph.D. chemist in the United States

Orange banner showing a portrait of young Black man with text "The Power of I"

As we come to the end of Black History Month for 2022, I find myself contemplating the banner that hangs year-round in front of Noyes Chemistry Lab to celebrate one of the shining stars of my own department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC): St. Elmo Brady. Dr. Brady was the first African-American …