Thursday, September 5, 2013

Allow neurosurgeon's past, future to inspire you to greatness

Paul Sorrell/Emma Waters Summar Library

Take a stroll past Summar Library and you will notice a display that contains materials related to Dr. Benjamin Carson, the esteemed pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Children's Center whose accomplishments earned him a spot as keynote speaker at this year's National Prayer Breakfast.

Carson will be the keynote speaker at Union University's 16th annual Scholarship Banquet Oct. 22 at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson.

According to a news release, all the banquets combined have generated about $5.5 million dollars in student scholarships.
The surgeon is right at home among academics; he is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.

Carson, who struggled in school and grew up impoverished, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. He is the author of five books, including "Gifted Hands," "Think Big," and "America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great."

The movie, "Gifted Hands" The Ben Carson Story," which stars Cuba Gooding as Carson, is included in the library's display and is available for checkout.

Since the display went up this week, two books housed in it have already been checked out by students interested in learning more about the man whose story Dr. David S. Dockery, university president, has called "inspirational, edifying and challenging."

Stop by the library and ask a staff member to open the display case so that you can flip through the books there and determine which materials might inspire you the most.

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