Featured in the February, 2014 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Benjamin Solomon Carson is a name to remember.
Ben Carson was raised by a single mother in Detroit, Michigan. Possibly, the worst 5th grader in the school, he was nicknamed ‘dummy’. His frustrated mother says that she prayed to the Lord for wisdom and said, “I think the Lord answered my prayer.” From that point on, Ben was only allowed two TV programs a week and was to read two books each week and write a report on each of them. Ben said, “We don’t have any books.” And there was no money to buy them.
The Detroit Public Library was the answer.
By the 7th grade he had moved from the bottom to the top of the class.
Now, Carson is a member of the American Academy of Achievement and also, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In 2008, the White House awarded Ben Carson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor. He has authored over 100 neurosurgical publications and been awarded 38 honorary doctorates plus dozens of national merit citations.
Ben Carson’s life is an example of moving from being a nobody to being a somebody. When 33 years of age, Carson was named Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, being the youngest US doctor to hold such a position. Before he took on many speaking engagements, Carson was performing up to 500 surgeries a year, but now has a reduced load.
In 1987, Carson became world famous by being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, who had been joined at the back of the head. He led a 70-member surgical team that worked for 22 hours. He was inspired to pursue a medical career by hearing stories in church about missionary doctors and what they had done to heal and help people, not only physically, but spiritually.
Last February, Ben Carson was the keynote speaker at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Carson said, “The politically correct police are out in force at all times. We have to get over this sensitivity. PC is dangerous because you see in this country one of the founding principles was the freedom of thought and freedom of expression. PC muffles people, it puts a muzzle on them.”
Carson spoke of the moral crisis in our nation, quoting the Bible, Proverbs and Chronicles, offering Scriptural solutions to our fiscal problems and healthcare difficulties.
Carson also says, “I don’t believe in evolution.”
Any young American can find a real role model in Dr. Benjamin Carson. His is truly a name to be remembered.