Dr. Otis Brawley holds one of the most elite positions in the country. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Brawley is a remarkable example of a determined African-American youth to take control of his own destiny.
He grew up in the 1960s and during this time, no one would have ever predicted his rise to the medical elite was possible.
He grew up during a time when racism was vocalized and opportunity was rare for African-Americans. He also grew up in the inner city of Detroit. Even today, Detroit is still one of the roughest and most poverty stricken inner cities in the country. He fought the odds and has now become one of the most respected medical doctors in the world. Not bad for a kid growing up during a time when African-Americans had little hope of success.
Dr. Brawley achieved a tremendous success in a field that few African-Americans think about as a career path. In the 1960s, only six percent of all physicians were African-American. That number continues to be low even today. His accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable to say the least.
Dr. Brawley is an out spoken man that continues to fight against cancer and works toward the efforts to provide fair medical treatment for all Americans. He is a champion for men and women that suffer from cancer. He is the voice for those who lack insurance to pay for costly cancer treatments.
Black History months is important to educate the country on the contributions of African-Americans to our rich history. However, many distinguished African-Americans are making history in our society today. These are people that have overcome poverty and racism to reach heights no one could have imagined. These distinguished people should serve as role models to the African-American youths of today.