Enos Luther Brookes

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Enos Luther Brookes in The Crisis, 1939

Enos Luther Brookes (1891–1944) was an American chemist, academic and an early civil rights movement activist.[1]


He attended Tuskeegee Institute and his bachelor's degree from Lincoln University in 1923 where he was valedictorian. He received his masters in chemistry from Columbia University in 1928.[2]

Academic work[edit]

Brookes served as a faculty member at Columbia University and was also a faculty member at Clark University. He was the head of the Department of Science at Clark University. He also worked at Alabama State University and at Florida A & M.[2] He was a founder of Alpha Delta Alpha Scientific Society at Clark University.[3] Professor Brookes in collaboration with Mr. Henry Lewis Van Dyke of Alabama State College wrote a syllabus for "Survey of the Physical Sciences" via a grant from the General Education Board of New York City.[4] He is one of the Black Faces of Science on the North Carolina A & T mural.[5]

Civic work[edit]

Brookes served as the President of the Atlanta branch of the NAACP.[6] He spoke at a number of NAACP regional conferences. He was key in setting up a task force in dealing with internal conflicts that plagued the NAACP. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and founded the chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at Clark University.[7][8] He served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Tuberculosis Association.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Jamaica, as the son of school teacher James M. Brookes and Martha Brookes.[9] He came to America in 1914. In 1928, he married historian Dr. Stella Lucille Brewer.[1] He died of a heart attack in 1944.[10]


  1. ^ a b Who's who in Colored America. Who's Who in Colored America Corporation. 1942. p. 75. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Brown, Mitchell C. "E. Luther Brookes: Chemist". The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Cohen, Rodney (2000). The black colleges of Atlanta. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 1-4396-1069-X. OCLC 860833902.
  4. ^ Brawley, J.P. (1977). The Clark College Legacy: An Interpretive History of Relevant Education, 1869-1975. Clark College. p. 94. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Faces of Science". North Carolina A&T State University. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  6. ^ a b The Crisis. The Crisis Publishing Company, Inc. p. 216. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Alpha Phi Chapter, Clark University". The SPHINX. 23 (1): 27. February 1937. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  8. ^ "E. Luther Brookes". Jamaica's history - always something new to find out!. September 4, 1985. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "E Luther Brookes in the 1940 Census". Ancestry. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Clark Prof. Dies of Heart Attack". The Afro American. Apr 15, 1944. Retrieved 2 February 2019.