ernest e. just

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.

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Issued on: February 1, 1996
From: Washington, DC
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Today in Black History: Feb. 2, 1915

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Ernest Everett Just, Zoologist, Biologist, Physiologist, Research Scientist, academic and science writerwas the recipient of the first NAACP Spingarn Medal on Feb. 2, 1915 for his research in Biology. Just’s legacy stemmed from his recognition of the basic role of cell surface in the development of organisms.

Today In History

‘Ernest E. Just, internationally renowned Biologist and pioneer of cell division, was born in Charleston, SC, on this date August 14, 1883. Just went on to graduate magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He won special honors in Zoology, and distinguished himself in Botany, history, and sociology as well. In 1912, he became head of the Department of Zoology at Howard University and held that position for 29 years.’

(photo: Ernest E. Just)

-CARTER Magazine