Several years ago while I was conducting an interview, the interview subject made a statement that caused me to do a double take. She said that "black people had so few role models," we had to embrace people like "OJ Simpson and Jason Williams" to rally behind. Whoa. That may be true for some; but I would venture not for most. I remember saying at the time that just because the mainstream media has chosen not to highlight role models in the black community ...doesn't mean we don't have them. Well, it's not just the mainstream media that fails to celebrate our successes; we are guilty of it ourselves. Not anymore. "Mentor Monday" will introduce a new role model, a new person to cheer, and/or another reason to celebrate being young, gifted and black!
Monday, March 23rd: Dr. Keith Black
"If you want to understand the artist, you study his art. If you want to understand God, you study the anatomy of the brain." Dr. Keith Black
Born in 1957 in Tuskegee, Alabama, Dr. Keith Black is a world-renowned neurosurgeon and scientist. Dr. Black, a leading researcher in his field, is in the process of "changing the paradigm" for cancer treatment. His pioneering research has focused on the treatment of brain tumors. He has devised two innovative methods for treating brain cancer. Dr. Black's cutting-edge research has led to the development of a delivery method for administering chemotherapeutic drugs directly to the tumor, and the creation of vaccines to enhance the body's immune response. For more info on Dr. Black just click on "Mentor Monday" at the top of this post.