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Last Updated: Apr 21st, 2011 - 14:44:53 

Black History Month

Black History: Making a Difference
By Sarah Lane
Jan 13, 2011, 11:43 PST

Black History - Making a Difference

The purpose of this special section is to highlight the lives of African-Americans who are making a difference in our world today.  The staff of ClassBrain feels that the accomplishments of those listed below are nothing short of outstanding and should be recognized.

Tyrone Willingham

Tyrone Willingham, formerly the head coach of the football program at Stanford University, was recently announced as the new head coach for the Notre Dame football program.  The Black Coaches Association named Tyrone Willingham as "National Coach of the Year" in 1995 and 1996.  The BCA is a non-profit organization whose primary function is to foster growth and development of minorities at all levels of sports, both nationally and internationally.  Willingham is making a difference today as he is the very first black head coach in any sports club for the Irish.  In a sport frequently criticized for its lack of minority head coaches, he is paving the way for future African-American athletes and coaches and should be recognized for his talent.
Source:      Student Advantage, Inc.

Image courtesy of John Hopkins Medicine
Dr. Benjamin Carson
Image courtesy of John Hopkins Medicine
Life wasn't always joyous for Ben Carson.  He went from being a ghetto kid with problems in school to the most celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon in the world, but not without hard work.  Ben was the youngest person ever to be named head brain surgeon at John Hopkins Memorial in Maryland.  His practice includes traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, neurological and congenial disorders, and many more specializations.  His is active in research programs, has written over 90 neurosurgical publications and is the author of three best selling books.  They include " Gifted Hands," "Think Big," and "The Big Picture" . Ben should be recognized not only for his gifts in the medical field, but for the compassionate humanitarian he really is.
Source:      John Hopkins Hospital & Think Big

Charles Drew
Although he died on April 1 st , 1950, physician and surgeon Charles Richard Drew should be recognized for something we could never have gone without during the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks.  He is responsible for organizing the concept of the Blood Bank.  In his research he discovered that blood plasma could be used for transfusion.  This was due to longer life of the blood with the cells removed (plasma).  He was the first director of the American Red Cross Blood Bank supplying blood to the U.S. forces in 1941 during World War II.  His blood plasma bank in New York City served as one of the models for the widespread system of blood banks now in operation for the American Red Cross.  Although he's no longer with us, the impact Drew made on modern life is apparent.
Source:      The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences, Princeton University

Image Courtesy of the Hoover Institute
Condoleezza Rice
Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15 and graduated with a bachelors degree in political science (Cum Laude) at age 19.  She also received her Masters in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, and her Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies.  She has written numerous articles and books on international relations and foreign affairs.  Besides all of the above, Rice is the National Security Advisor for the United States and is known for her expertise on Russian affairs and arms control.
Source:      Stanford University & U.S Department of State

Colin L. Powell
Powell's parents were immigrants from Jamaica to the U.S. and he grew up in the slums of the south Bronx, New York City.  He served in the Army for 35 years and became the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Powell is an accomplished public speaker who connects with kids through programs like the Groundhog Job Shadow Day.  He published his best selling autobiography, My American Journey, in 1995.  Perhaps one of the most important days of his life was on January 20 th , 2001 when he was sworn in as the 65 th Secretary of State.  More importantly he is the first African-American Secretary of State.
Source:      Lucid Interactive & U.S. Department of State

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