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The Gift of the Three Doctors

December 08, 2010

I have spent the last couple of days reflecting on an appropriate subject and tone for this December Blog. What could I share that would do justice to some of the holiday season’s themes of peace, love, and giving?

Then, on Tuesday evening, December 7th, I had the opportunity to attend a presentation of “The Three Doctors.” Around 2003, I had read—and savored—their book, The Pact, and I knew that the stories of the personal challenges, persistence, and academic excellence of these three African-American men who were raised in Newark, New Jersey would be a source of inspiration for many students at Cheyney University. It was especially pleasing that we had brought these doctors to the campus as a special presentation hosted by the Keystone Honors Academy led by Dr. Tara Kent, dean of the academy.

There they were before us—Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Ramuck Hunt, and Dr. George Jenkins—exemplars for so many other young men (and women) who are challenged daily by the gritty, inner-city realities well-known by tens of thousands of youth (African-American and others) in so many cities in America. Yet, these young men made a pact, a bond, to support each other, to lean on each other’s strengths to make sure that they all reached their academic and career goals from college through medical school to their current work with The Three Doctors Foundation.

During their presentation, we learned that Dr. Hunt is a board-certified internist at University Medical Center at Princeton and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Jenkins serves as assistant professor of Clinical Dentistry at Columbia University. Dr. Davis is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at St. Michaels Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center. Davis is also a consultant for the Violence Prevention Institute focusing on gang awareness and preventative medicine in Essex County. The three doctors have also authored three books: The Pact (2002), The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and Reconnect with their Fathers (2007), and their children’s book, We Beat the Street (2005). Without a doubt, these young men have beaten the odds against them, and have become champions over adversity and staunch advocates for giving back.

Just to watch these three doctors interact with Cheyney University students and to see how their bond is still very evident, bought a feeling of inspiration and joy to a crowded audience of students, faculty, and community members in the theatre at Dudley Hall. However, it was so much more than that. It seemed hard to contain the excitement that we were witnessing both an anomaly and, possibly for more Americans, a journey through the urban challenges, which surpassed the low expectations of others and circumvented the dangers of the inner-city to rise to the ranks of doctors – healing professionals and professors who give service so far beyond their professions.

As I listened to how these three young men established a bond that helped them overcome the odds of their less than advantaged backgrounds and a bond that helped them find strengths in their backgrounds, so that they could emerge as doctors, I looked around the auditorium from time to time to examine the faces of the students and people in the audience. It was clear that everyone in the audience was positively moved by the stories, the messages, and the possibilities that can be realities for more young men and women because of the example of The Three Doctors.

While the three doctors were telling us their personal stories and offering students some tips on how to study to our students, I realized that their presentations, their foundation, and their message was primarily one of giving. The doctors invited the audience to use them as a foundation, a stepping stone, to make life better for those in their communities, for future generations and for all Americans. “Stand on our backs!” the doctors affirmed. “It is up to this young generation to form a revolution—to make life better—and you are that revolution.”

Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Ramuck Hunt, and Dr. George Jenkins, we profoundly thank you for giving back, for sharing your joy as healing professionals, and for sharing with us your love for the millennial generation!

Happy Holidays to All!


Tags: giving back , The Bond , The Pact , The Three Doctors , We Beat The Streets

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It's wonderful to see doctors active in the community and motivating the next generation.
Ron 11:09AM 03/07/11
Excellent opportunity for the students to receive a precious gift from three modern wise men! Compliments to you and your deans for being the angels to guide their journey to Cheyney!
Franklin Josephs 10:45AM 12/31/10
What perfect timing! I am fortunate to have read "The Pact" and agree that the foundation for these amazing gentlemen is giving. Giving of our time and resources is so vital to building a permanent foundation.
Sam E 3:30AM 12/14/10
President Howard-Vital, I was tremendously blessed being part of last night's presentation with "The Three Doctors." It was great and inspiring! The 3Ds principles of Dedication, Determination, and Discipline is cetainly a message for this present generation. When, Dr. George made the comment about life, studying and honing your craft: "Prepare for when the Rug is pulled out from under you." It made me realize as a people, we have to always keep on striving toward excellence, no matter what titles or positions we hold. Kudos...for Cheyney University's Strategic Plan...Pathways to Excellence! Great Event, George
Dr. George E. Thornton, Sr. 4:45PM 12/08/10



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