Brick by Brick

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From a 1947 letter written by Charles R. Drew ’40PS to a Texas teacher. Drew, an African-American surgeon and medical researcher, was a pioneer in blood transfusion technology. He died in 1950 at the age of 45, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this year.

So much of our energy is spent in overcoming the constricting environment in which we live that little energy is left for creating new ideas or things. Whenever, however, one breaks out of this rather high-walled prison of the “Negro problem” by virtue of some worthwhile contribution, not only is he himself allowed more freedom, but a part of the wall crumbles. And so it should be the aim of every student in science to knock down at least one or two bricks by virtue of his own accomplishments.

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