Inspirational black doctors
As the first black president of the United States waits to be sworn in, Akshay Shah and Rakhee Shah investigate three inspiring black doctors
- By: Akshay Shah, Rakhee Shah
People have struggled throughout history to gain recognition for their contributions to the arts or science because of their caste, colour, or creed. By reflecting on the past and appreciating the knowledge these people have passed down to us we can move forward as a society, irrespective of race.
The historian Carter Woodson’s celebration of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglas, which began in 1926, has led to the annual black history month (www.black-history-month.co.uk), celebrated in October in the United Kingdom and in February in the United States and Canada. Designed to celebrate the history, heritage, culture, and contributions of black people and black communities, black history month causes great controversy. Some people argue that the celebrations are unfair and have become ritualised, and that they have consequently lost value over the years. Others argue that there remain many inequalities for black people in many parts of society and