Saturday, February 5, 2011

Black History Month-Ben Carson

Note: I decided to do a blog entry everyday, dropping some Black History facts about some of the more lesser known and talked about black people and events involving black people that have helped shape not only the nation's history, but the world.

Ben Carson

Ben Carson was born September 18, 1951 and raised in Detroit, Michigan by his single mother. His mother was big on education, since she never received her's after dropping out school in the 3rd grade, she forced Ben and his brother Curtis to read at least two books a week and write her a report on them. He continued his education that took him to Yale where he graduated with honors in Psychology. He then went to the University of Michigan Medical School where he went into Neurosurgery. After Michigan, he became a resident at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital and at 32 became the hospital's youngest Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

In 1987, Carson made another historic achievement in becoming the first surgeon in the world to successfully separate twins who were conjoined at the back of the head. This type of surgery always failed, but Carson and his 70-member medical staff worked for 22 hours straight in order to pull off the surgery. On June 19, 2008, Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, which is the highest honor a U.S. citizen can receive. Dr. Ben Carson has received numerous awards over the years that include over 60 doctorate degrees, member of numerous boards that include American Academy of Achievement and the Yale Corporation. He is also the president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.

On a personal note, I was once going for a degree in medicine and Dr. Ben Carson was the inspiration behind that choice. I eventually went into writing, but it was because of his mother and his thirst for reading at a young age is what got me into making that final decision to change my major. Another connection I have is that he performed surgery on a good friend of mine a few years ago. If it weren't for him, my friend wouldn't be here today giving me shit lol. So a personal thanks to Dr. Carson from me and one of your many patients, Joshua Alvarez.

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