Day 21 - The First African-American to earn Ph.D.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1852, Edward Alexander Bouchet would go on to become the first African American to graduate from Yale. In 1876, he received his Ph.D. in physics (also from Yale). He then became the first African American to earn a doctorate.

Bouchet spent his career teaching college chemistry and physics.

In 1921, three ladies became the first U.S. African-American women to earn a Ph.D. of their own. Georgiana Simpson from the University of Chicago; Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander from the University of Pennsylvania and Eva Beatrice Dykes from Radcliffe College.

And THAT is Junior's Black History Month Fact Of The Day!