Benjamin Carson

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Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., was born September 18, 1951in Detroit, Michigan. He is an American neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His mother, Sonya, had dropped out of school in the third grade and married at the age of 13. Ben Carson's father abandoned the family after Sonya discovered he had another wife and kids, leaving his mother to fend for him and his brother. Sonya moved the boys to Boston, Massachusetts, to be near family, but less than a year later the Carson return to Detroit. Sonya took on two-three jobs at times to support her family. Ben was a good student but when he returned to Michigan Elementary school he realized that he was far behind the other fifth graders. Carson remembered being laughed at by his classmates who, one day at recess, decided he was not only the dumbest kid in the fifth grade, but maybe the dumbest kid in the whole world. Life at Higgens Elementary was also not easy because it was a mostly white school, and Carson, one of the few African American students, was taunted by his schoolmates and ignored by teachers. His mother decided to take matters into her own hands by switching off the television. Ben and Curtis were allowed to watch only two programs a week and their mother made them read two books each week from the Detroit Public Library. The boys were also required to write book reports, which Sonya would underline and mark up. Only later did Ben Carson realize his mother, who had left school after the third grade, was barely able to read. By the time he graduated from Southwestern High School in 1969, Carson was earning all A's, and his classmates, who only a few years before called him the dumbest kid in school, voted him the most likely to succeed. He received a full scholarship to attend Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where, in 1973, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. From there, he headed back to Michigan to attend medical school. Carson had wanted...
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