In 2002, over 200 science minded students from Baltimore gathered on the campus of Johns Hopkins Medical Center to hear from an African American medical giant. One of the nation's top cardiac surgeons, Dr. Levi Watkins, mesmerized, cajoled and often challenged the young teens with the story of his journey as a heart surgeon and civil rights activist.
The occasion for the gathering was the acknowledgement of one of Dr. Watkins' heroes: Vivien Thomas.
Dr. Levi Watkins
See video excerpts from Dr. Watkins' presentation: