Why They’ve Earned Our Notice:
Ben Carson became our Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on March 2nd of 2017. In this position, he’ll be responsible for fulfilling housing needs, ensuring the fairness of real estate, and putting plans in place to improve the nation’s communities. Before being nominated for President Trump’s cabinet, Carson ran against him in the Republican primary.
Long before dabbling in the executive branch, however, he was a neurosurgeon, author, and politician. He is one of the first doctors to successfully separate twins joined at the end and perform a successful brain surgery on a fetus while in the womb. Carson would go on to set up the Carson Scholar’s Fund for “academic excellence and humanitarian qualities.” While he’s impacted the lives of hundreds of patients before, his new position affects millions.
Benjamin Solomon Carson was born in Detroit on September 18th of 1951. By the time he’d reached eight, his parents separated. His next few years were thrown into disarray by his family’s move to Boston, his mother’s attempt at suicide, economic difficulties, and his less-than-stellar education at a Seventh Day Adventist school out east. After reentering Detroit Public Schools, he found himself and his elder brother lagged behind academically. His mother responded by limiting television time and requiring that both sons complete two books a week. By the time Carson reached high school, the family had managed to turn their lives around. His grades followed.
The main issue facing Carson, however, was his violent temper. In an NBC interview, he explained himself, “”As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers,” Aside from his mother, no one has verified the existence of these violent outbursts. This temper didn’t stop him from reaching success. After his high school graduation, Carson started on the path that would take him to a medical career.
Currently, Ben Carson is married and father to three sons. At the moment, he resides with his wife in Florida.