`Genius' advances our knowledge of work of black scientists

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February 06, 2007|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,sun television critic

Television has long been faulted for emphasizing African-American achievement in show business and athletics, while ignoring black pioneers in the nation's intellectual life - particularly in science.

One documentary doesn't fix the problem, but Forgotten Genius, a two-hour biography of chemist Percy Julian premiering on PBS tonight, is a solid step in the right direction.

On TV Forgotten Genius airs at 8 tonight on MPT (Channels 22 and 67).

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