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Benjamin Carson hopes America's youth can change direction
KTBS-3 News
Published Saturday, May 26, 2007

Benjamin Carson a world-renowned neurosurgeon who rose from poverty to acheive his goals was in Shreveport on Saturday speaking to youths and adults about setting goals and making them happen. He told his story of overcoming obstacles and beating the odds. His first stop was at the Shreveport Petroleum Club and then he was the Keynote Speaker at the Gold Dome on Centenary campus for the LSU Health Sciences Center Commencement Ceremony. Carson shared his triumphing story of becoming a surgeon.

Carson told the audience that he is deeply concerned with the direction our country is headed.

He hopes that we can teach America's youth better values. He hopes that young people can change directions from idolizing pop stars and pro-athletes and recognize contributions from other American heroes.

He also hopes more young people will take pride in themselves and their education.

He says there's is no excuse to not acheive success. Young people need to know what is important and make it a prioroty to make it happen.

Benjamin Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan into a house of poverty. His mom, Sonya, dropped out of school in the third grade and married when she was only 13 years old. When Benjamin Carson was only eight, his parents divorced, and Mrs. Carson was left to raise Benjamin and his older brother Curtis on her own. She two, sometimes worked two even three jobs at a time to provide for her children.

In elementary, Carson was at the bottom of his class often teased for being dumb. When Carson's mom found out about her son's failing grades, she got involved, limiting his time to watch television and play outside, and focused on his studies. Carson quickly made progress in school and surprised teachers and classmates.

After graduating with honors from his high school, he attended Yale University, where he earned a degree in Psychology. From Yale, he attended the Medical School of the University of Michigan, and changed gears from psychology to neurology.

Carson became one of the most well known surgeons and in 1987, he became the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins. He's become famous for being the man with the golden healing hands.

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