Black History Spotlight: Dr. Edward Bouchet



Edward Bouchet was the son of a former slave who moved from New Haven, CT. During that time only three institutions were accepting African-AmericanΒ students, therefore educational opportunities were limited. Bouchet surmounted above this obstacle and was accepted to Yale. He was the first African American to earn a PhD and only the 6th American of any race Β at that time to obtain a PhD in physics. Segregation prevented him from attaining the kind of position he should have been able to get with his outstanding credentials (6th in his graduating class), he taught for 26 years at the Institute for Colored Youth, serving as an inspiration to generations of young African-Americans.Β Mr. Bochet is proof that if you put your mind to something, anything is attainable!