Dr. Herbert Smitherman

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#1 Feb 10, 2014
Dr. Herbert Smitherman was a pioneering executive and professional chemist at Procter & Gamble who led the way for other African-Americans at the prestigious company in the 1960s. He was the first black person with a doctorate hired at Procter & Gamble.

With a Ph.D in physical organic chemistry, Dr. Smitherman developed a number of incredibly popular patents, including Crest toothpaste, Safeguard soap, Bounce fabric softeners, Biz, Folgers Coffee and Crush soda, to name a few. Not only are they still on the shelves, but many of them are on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center in the featured exhibit,“America I AM: The African-American Imprint.”

Nicknamed the “Jackie Robinson of Procter & Gamble,” Dr. Smitherman spent 29 years there before turning in his labcoat to work as a professor at Wilberforce University. But after serving at the historically black college, Smitherman turned his attention to starting a high school called the Western Hills Design Technology School to help black students perform better in math and science.

A child of the south, Dr. Smitherman’s family lived in Birmingham, Alabama, where his father served as a reverend. A young Smitherman would see his father’s church burn down twice during their push for voting registration and voting rights.

He died on Oct. 9, 2010.
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#2 Feb 10, 2014
Thanks for this post, OP. I have too, posted this.

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#3 Feb 10, 2014
You're welcome!

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#5 Feb 10, 2014
Sorry Tarafine,
I am unsure of the reason behind that, I was actually more intrigued by the patents that he produced so I didn't think about that, but I can find that info later in the day.

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