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Dr. Charles R. Drew: Black History Month Fact 19

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FACT #19

Did you know that African American surgeon Dr. Charles R. Drew is responsible for creating, organizing and directing the first large-scale blood banking program?

Dr. Drew was also responsible for developing a new technique that helped preserve blood longer for future transfusions.

Source: Library of Congress

Dr. Charles R. Drew Black History Month Facts

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Mathematician and Astronomer Benjamin Banneke: Black History Month Fact 11

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FACT #11

Did you know Benjamin Banneker a mathematician, and astronomer, taught himself mathematics through textbooks he borrowed?

As an adult, Benjamin used mathematics and astronomy to predict the weather and write his own almanac, which was used by farmers.     

Benjamin’s work was so impressive that Thomas Jefferson recommended him to join the survey team that mapped out Washington, D.C.

Source: Library of Congress

Mathematician and Astronomer Benjamin Banneke: Black History Month Fact 11

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Dr. Patricia E. Bath Doctor & Inventor: Black History Month Fact #4

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FACT #4

Did you know Dr. Patricia E. Bath, an African American doctor and inventor, invented the Laserphaco Probe that helps treat cataracts, a common cause of blindness?

Dr. Bath is also the co-founder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, which has the goal of preventing blindness and restoring eyesight worldwide.

Source: United States National Library of Medicine

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson: Black History Month Fact #3

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FACT #3

Did you know Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the main founder of Black History Month, didn’t start school until he was 19 years old?

Dr. Woodson wasn’t able to afford school so he taught himself his ABCs and math. He also worked in the coalmines until he had enough money to go to school.

At a young age, Dr. Woodson understood he would need a formal education to achieve his dreams. That’s why he did everything possible to receive an education.

Source: America.gov Archive
http://www.america.gov

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