Monday, February 19, 2018

Local Youth Reviews Dr. Charles Drew’s Biography-Reprint March 22, 2008

By Isaac Edwards
The Pact Book Club, treasurer
Dr. Charles R. Drew

During Black History Month each member of the Pact Book Club read a biography of a Black person who contributed in a positive way to the history of the United States and the World. The book I chose was Dr. Charles Drew: Medical Pioneer by Susan Whitehurst, Copyright 2002.

Dr. Charles Drew is remembered today as a skilled doctor and scientist. He is considered the ‘father of the blood bank’. He created the first major U. S. blood banking program. His efforts saved countless lives during World War 11. Dr. Charles started working when he was 12 years old. He sold newspapers on street corners. At Dunbar High School, in Washington, D. C., Charles played a sport each season. He was the star of his football team each fall, played basketball in the winter and ran track and played baseball in the spring. He also swam in the summer.

When Charles’ sister died of tuberculosis, he wanted to become a doctor and he did. Even though, he was the star football players, he was not allowed to eat dinner with his teammates because of the color of his skin. After one big game, the football team went out for dinner and the restaurant had a Jim Crow law that no colored could eat there. This really made Charles mad. He used his anger in a constructive way and continued to excel. He wanted to attend college at Harvard University. He was rejected. Later on, he became a teacher at Harvard University! Charles was an encouragement to other blacks who wanted to become doctors. He died from a crushing injury in a car accident. It was so bad that all the blood in the world could not save him. The president of Harvard spoke at his funeral about how Dr. Drew touched the lives of so many people in the world with his work with plasma and blood transfusions.

I am recommending this book to other youth. It was very inspirational to me as an 11 year old.