February 20, 2015 |

Black History Month is upon us, offering the chance to celebrate the great achievements of those who have overcome significant challenges and paved the way for future leaders in the new generation.

One such role model is Ben Carson, who has worked medical miracles and is one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons in the world. The renowned author has written six best-selling books and is the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head.

On Saturday, February 21st, guests can catch a glimpse of the inspiring life Ben Carson has led. The Northwest Branch Library in Cypress will be hosting a special showing of the film Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.

In 1996, Carson wrote Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, a biography chronicling the seemingly impossible struggles of his life and how he managed to overcome the odds by never giving up.

In his biography, Carson describes the difficult childhood he endured growing up in inner-city Detroit, detailing the many roadblocks he encountered on this way to the top. Carson’s experiences reveal the unwavering persistence and strength he possessed, which ultimately led to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 33. He recounts the challenges of his profession and details case studies of the countless patients whose lives he saved.

Throughout his professional career, Carson achieved many awards and accolades from notable leaders and fellow peers. One such honor includes the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 2010 and ranked 6th on Gallup's list of the most admired men in the world in 2014. In addition, Carson has achieved an impressive 38 honorary doctorate degrees.

Though now retired, Carson continues to give back to the community. He states, “I’d much rather quit when I'm at the top of my game, and there’s so many more things that can be done.”

One thing’s for sure—you’ll never catch Ben Carson with idle hands.

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