An African American to earn his doctorate degree

An
outstanding physician, Charles Drew, found a method to store blood plasma. Born
into an African American family, Charles faced rejection but overcame many
obstacles, and became the first African American to earn his doctorate degree
from Columbia (Biography.com editors). Charles learned and worked with blood in
order to save others (Garstecki).

            Charles Drew, the oldest kid among
the middle- class family, was born on June 3, 1904 in Washington D.C.
(Biography.com editors, thefamouspeople.com editors) of six (Salas).  His father, Richard Drew, was a carpet layer
and his mother, Nora Burrell, was a teacher (Biography.com editors). Charles
showed amazing athletic capabilities in football, basketball, swimming, and
track (Biography.com editors). He shined in both the classrooms and on the
field (Biography.com editors). Charles graduated in 1922 (Salas) and went to
college off a sports scholarship (Biography.com editors).

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Charles became interested in medicine and helping
people after his sister, Elsie, had died from an illness (Garstecki). Charles
received his bachelor’s degree at Amherst (Biography.com editors). Because
Charles did not have enough money for college he decided to become an athletic
and biography instructor at Howards University (thefamouspeople.com editors,
Biography.com editors). Charles registered at McGill medical school in Canada
and got accepted (Nelson). From Charles’s doctorate thesis “Banked Blood”, he
was able to receive his doctorate degree (thefamouspeople.com editors). Charles
went to Columbia University for more studies and got his Doctor of Medical
Science degree making him the first African American to do this
(thefamouspeople.com editors). After college Charles became a mind-blowing,
astonishing, physician, medical researcher, and a surgeon (thefamouspeople.com
editors, Biography.com editors). Charles fell in love with Minnie Lenore
Robbins while at a conference and got married on September, 23 1939
(thefamouspeople.com editors). Charles became a father, when his wife had two
kids (Biography.com editors). Willing to do anything to save people’s lives, Charles
invented a unique way to process, save plasma and do blood transfusions, preventing
thousands of people from dying (Biography.com editors).  Charles supervised the “Blood for Britain”
project, supporting residents and British soldiers who were in need of body
fluid during World War II (thefamouspeople.com editors). Because of his
hard-work, brains, and diligence, Charles created two of the first blood banks
(Biography.com editors).

            After all of Charles major
accomplishments, he went to be a professor at Howards University (Biography.com
editors). Shortly afterwards Charles became the first African Examiner for the
American board of surgery and a leading surgeon at Freeman’s hospital (Biography.com
editors). Charles won “the highest and noblest achievement” for all the amazing
conversions and adjustments he made to the medical field (Biography.com
editors.). After driving to a meeting with 3 workers in Burlington, South
Carolina, Charles Drew faced a brutal car crash, on April 1, 1950
(Biography.com editors, thefamouspeople.com editors). 

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