Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of November 26:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Dr. Charles Drew
In ADDITION to being the African American responsible for setting up the country’s First Plasma Bank, Dr. Charles Drew ALSO:
- Was the FIRST Black surgeon selected to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery
- Used his research in the field of blood transfusions to develop large-scale blood banks that were used in WWII; this work saved thousands of lives of the allied forces
- Went to McGill University Medical School (Canada), earning BOTH and M.D. and Master of Surgery degree; he graduated 2nd out of a class of 127 students
- Became the FIRST African American to earn a Doctor of Medical Science degree from Columbia University
- Was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
Extra tidbits: Drew worked as a biology instructor and coach for Morgan College (now Morgan State University) so he could have enough money to attend medical school.
Drew and his wife, Minnie Lenore Robbins (a professor at Spelman College) had four children; one of his daughters, Charlene Drew Jarvis, served as president of Southeastern University from 1996-2009.