A Message from the Science History Institute about Black Lives Matter

We join in this important conversation by sharing the stories of scientists who succeeded despite the systemic inequities that created a more difficult path to their success.

We at the Science History Institute join with our fellow cultural organizations in supporting the calls for justice ringing out in our city and across the country. As a history organization, the most important thing we can do is learn from this pivotal moment while striving to make a positive contribution to this important national conversation.

Historically, the pursuit of scientific careers in this country has been fraught with barriers for African Americans. We are dedicated to telling the stories of the scientists whose innovations have shaped our world, including those who succeeded despite the systemic inequities that created a more difficult path to their success. We will continue to share these stories, and we are committed to collecting and sharing more.

As we move forward, it is important that we hear from our constituents and continue to listen and respond to our community. Please feel free to share your thoughts with us at feedback@sciencehistory.org.


Above: Detail of a letter dated February 3, 1956, from scientist Percy Lavon Julian to the president of the American Chemical Society expressing his disapproval of a list of “Hotels for Colored Persons” that was included in the organization’s announcement for its upcoming spring 1956 meeting in Dallas.