The grandson of Alabama slaves, Percy Julian was a man of genius, devotion, and determination. As a black man he was also an outsider, fighting to make a place for himself in a profession and country divided by bigotry. By the time of his death, Julian had risen to the highest levels of scientific and personal achievement, overcoming countless obstacles to become a world-class scientist, a self-made millionaire, and a civil-rights pioneer.
[text adapted from pbs.org]
Written and Directed by Llewellyn M. Smith
Co-written by Stephen Lyons
Edited by Doug Quade