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National Library of Medicine Announces a Suite of Educational Resources for the Charles R. Drew Papers!

Portrait of Charles Drew sitting at his desk, ca. 1947African-American surgeon Charles R. Drew (1904-1950) organized and directed America’s first large-scale blood bank program during the early years of World War II. He also worked tirelessly to provide access to medical training to African American students, and to improve the quality of that training. The Charles R. Drew Papers on Profiles in Science makes available an extensive selection of digitized documents and visual materials about and by Dr. Drew, in collaboration with the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, which holds the original papers. Dr. Drew’s life and legacy add unique perspectives and rich historical materials to the study of history of African Americans.

Now available from the National Library of Medicine is a new suite of educational resources for The Charles R. Drew Papers. These new resources offer hands-on activities for students to explore the challenges and achievements of Dr. Drew’s life, by examining primary and secondary sources from The Charles R. Drew Papers on Profiles in Science. Three lesson plans are designed for middle and high school levels:

These lesson plans provide detailed class procedures, background information, suggested extension activities, relevant standards, and learning outcomes, as well as a complete set of instructional materials.

The fourth resource, “Life after Death: Dr. Charles Drew, Civil Rights, and the Legacy of Race,” is a higher education module that outlines six one-hour classes, each of which offers an introduction, a list of readings and other instructional materials, and class discussion questions.

The educational resources for Charles Drew allow students at all levels to engage in a hands-on exploration of history through primary sources and scholarly commentary. In so doing, students acquire knowledge and skills that align with educational standards for literacy and higher-order thinking. Educators are welcome to adapt these resources in whole or in part for their students’ interests and academic goals. These new resources are developed by educators in collaboration with the Exhibition Program and the Images and Archives Section of the History of Medicine Division, and bring the Library’s digitized collections to secondary and post-secondary educators and students, while addressing current educational standards.

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