Watch: This Black Doctor Gave Us the Blood Bank and Saved Thousands of Lives


Dr. Charles Drew was both a revolutionary in the medical field and a pioneer for black rights. And we’re honoring him this February for Black History Month.

In 1940, Drew became the first African American to receive a doctorate in medical science from Columbia University in New York City. He then went on to revolutionize the way blood was sampled, stored and distributed. His efforts saved countless lives in World War II and for years to come.

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Alex Clark

Alex Clark is a video journalist and filmmaker covering social inequality, the internet and American politics. He's a Senior Producer at GMG and instructs video at Columbia Journalism School.