Dr Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950)
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Oil on canvas, held at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Harmon Foundation
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In 1942, Dr Drew became the first black surgeon named on the examiner of the American Board of Surgery. Two years later, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) awarded him the Spingarn Medal for his work with blood transfusion. As an activist for racial equality, Dr Drew launched a movement to persuade the American Medical Association to admit black members.
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