Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Board Member Receives Humanitarian Award

                            Dr. Lewis Marshall wearing Humanitarian Award

Founded in 1870, the Paul Lawrence Dunbar School was the first public high school for black Americans in the United States. Because of the pervasive segregation in Washington, D.C. that lasted until the 1960’s, Dunbar High School was blessed with extraordinary educators who were discriminated against and barred  from obtaining positions in other high schools and Universities. Dunbar teachers often had PhD’s in their subject areas.

Dunbar has had many celebrated graduates during its history, including Jean Toomer, poet and novelist, Edward Brooke, the first African-American U.S. Senator, Eleanor Holmes Norton, civil rights activist and representative to the U.S. House of Representatives, Robert Weaver, first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the first African-American Admiral in the U.S. Navy, the first black General in the U.S. Army , and many other distinguished individuals in American life.

In a recent celebration of its newly constructed high school, Dunbar awarded a Humanitarian Award to Dr. Lewis Marshall, noted Washington, D.C. physician and member of the Executive Board of Medicine For Peace. Dr. Marshall has volunteered for MFP in Iraq, Bosnia and Haiti, and has been a driving force on our Board for a number of years. His humanitarian ethic and concern for people without adequate medical care have had a strong influence of MFP’s mission. We congratulate Lew on an honor well deserved.