Saturday, May 29, 2010
Henry Ransom Cecil McBay, born May 29, 1914, was a chemist and a teacher.
McBay was born in in Mexia, Texas. His father was a barber who eventually became an embalmer and funeral director; his mother was a seamstress. Both parents had left school after the seventh grade because there was no high school for African-Americans in Mexia. By the time Henry was in high school, however, oil had been discovered in Mexia and the quality of life of its residents had improved. One result of that improvement was that a high school for African-Americans had opened—and McBay was able to receive a good education.
Read "Henry C. McBay, Reflections of a Chemist", by Kenneth R. Manning, a chapter from Henry C. McBay - A Chemical Festschrift: Proceedings of a Symposium in Honor of the First Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar at M.I.T. by by William M. Jackson (Editor), Billy Joe Evans (Editor.)