Minority Affairs

    2018 Activities

    The Committee on Minority Affairs sponsored a table exhibit at Chemistry Day 2018. Materials displayed included information about CMA at both the local and national levels, the mission, and a group photo of the national committee members.  Since the date of the event was just two days prior to the annual recognition of Mole day, several items to referencing Mole Day were also displayed. A part of a recruiting effort to increase active membership of the local committee, sign-up forms were provided. Teacher Developmen units offered.


    To celebrate the contributions of minority chemists with ties to Chicago, we identify some our favorites and write "microbiographies" about them. We include links to additional resources to learn more about them. Please feel free to use our biographies as a starting point for school reports!

    Our effort started with the 2018 Black History Month (February), and we plan on expanding our program to other minority groups soon.




    Dr. Percy Julian

    Creator of 130+ patents, entrepreneur, pioneer of industrial-scale synthesis of human hormones, renowned expert on making drugs from plants, and first African-American chemist to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Chicagoan Dr. Percy Lavon Julian caps off our celebration of #blackhistor...

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    Dr. Anthony (Tony) Toussaint

    Dr. Anthony Toussaint is the current leader of the Chicagoland chemistry community, as Chair of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society. With many years of industrial experience, he is currently Leader of Research and Development for ICL - Performance Products. #blackhistorymonth #chemi...

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    Distinguished Prof. Charles Cannon

    Dr. Charles Cannon rocks! Chicago ACS Board Member and Councilor, American Chemical Society Fellow, Chemistry Professor of Distinction and former Chair of the Science and Math Dept at Columbia College Chicago, Cannon is a celebrated Chicago Chemistry fixture, recommending: “Pursue your interes...

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    Samuel B Fuller (1905-1988)

    What a pioneer of chemical manufacture! Entrepreneur Samuel B. Fuller (1905-1988) founded the Fuller Products Company and was the first African-American to be inducted into the National Association of Manufacturers. #blackhistorymonth #entrepreneur#chemicalmanufacture Impoverished in Louisiana, 9-y...

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    Sarah Breedlove, aka Madam CJ Walker (1867-1919)

    Sarah Breedlove, aka Madam CJ Walker (1867-1919), is celebrated as the first self-made female millionaire in the U.S., regardless of race or ethnicity. Primarily an entrepreneur, she made her fortune in hair care products designed for African-American women, founding the Madame C.J. Walker Manufactu...

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    Minority Chemists Subcommittee

    The Minority Chemists Subcommittee gives support and is committed to foster programming that stimulates and strengthens participation of underrepresented minorities at all levels in chemistry, science and the SOCIETY.  Mentoring, encouragement, and the intellectual and professional enhancement of students, teachers and practicing chemists of all ages and levels of interest is the main focus of the subcommittee.

    Minority Chemists Subcommittee Chair
    Oluseye Onajole