The Story Of St. Elmo Brady by The 21st published on 2019-02-05T19:49:53Z In 1912, a grad student named St. Elmo Brady moved to Champaign-Urbana from the South. He was on a scholarship offered to him by the University of Illinois. Four years later, he became the first African-American to get a doctorate in Chemistry. And for decades after that, he helped mentor and support for countless students, especially at historically black colleges. This Black History Month, St. Elmo Brady’s life is being honored today at the University of Illinois. Jameatris Rimkus is an archivist at the University of Illinois, and Lloyd Munjanja is the assistant director of graduate diversity with the U of I’s Chemistry department. Both of them joined us to talk more about his story, and how it's inspiring a new generation of black scientists.