Rest in peace, Ernest Everett Just. Despite childhood hardships, Just graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth, winning nearly every academic honor available, particularly distinguishing himself in zoology, botany, history, and sociology. He later founded the fraternity Omega Psi Phi while teaching at Howard University, spent most of his summers at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, and traveled to Europe to study and research, where he wasn’t subjected to the same levels of racism as he was in the United States of America. After being briefly imprisoned in Germany in 1940, Just died of pancreatic cancer on this date in 1941 at the age of 58.
Issued on: February 1, 1996
From: Washington, DC