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Charles Richard Drew was born in Washington D.C in a middle class African-American family to Richard Drew; a carpet layer, and Nora Burrell; a teacher.
Charles's four siblings; Joseph, Elsie, Nora, and Eva came along. He was the eldest of five children. They grew up in D.C's foggy bottom neighborhood.
Charles Drew had great athletic talent and won multiple swimming medals in his elementary years. Later in high school he branched out to track, basketball, baseball, and football.
Pathology Mr. Drew
In 1922 Charles graduated from Dunbar High School, he went to Amherst College on a sports scholarship shortly after.
Drew completed his bachelor's degree at Amherst in 1926, but didn't have enough money to pursue his dream of attending medical school. In 1928, he applied to medical schools and enrolled at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
After graduating from McGill at the top of his class, Drew became a teacher of pathology at Howard University and a resident at Freedmen's Hospital in Washington, D.C.
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