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2013 Black History Month Heroes - KCET

Congratulations to our 2013 Local Heroes of the Year:

      Angeles Echols-Brown
     Founder and Executive Director
     Educating Young Minds  

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Angeles Echols-Brown is the founder and executive director of Educating Young Minds (EYM), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that she started in her apartment in 1987. EYM has grown to help more than 3,500 inner-city students who have been nurtured and empowered by Mrs. Echols-Brown’s passion and commitment to education. EYM provides help with homework, mentoring and counseling for students, from kindergarteners to high school seniors. They also provide assistance to parents. Mrs. Echols-Brown’s passion is also reflected in her previous work as an instructor, tutor, counselor and teacher at Harvard University’s Upward Bound program, Chaffey College and Los Angeles’ Trinity Lutheran School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1979 and has been recognized nationally for her outstanding work.

      Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA
     Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine
     President and CEO of the Minority Health Institute 

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Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA, has served as a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA School of Medicine since 1984 and is president and CEO of the Minority Health Institute (MHI). MHI’s mission is to educate physicians, healthcare professionals and the public about ways to improve health services to African Americans and other minorities in Los Angeles. The organization offers health fairs, seminars, lectures and media campaigns that encourage a proactive and preventive approach to improving health. It also provides scholarships to minority students who wish to pursue a career in medicine, and on a case-by-case basis, helps attain necessary medicine at no cost for families who are economically disadvantaged. In addition to MHI and UCLA, Dr. Williams authored Textbook of Black-Related Diseases, and in 1972, he served as the first assistant medical director of Martin Luther King, Jr. General Hospital, and later secured $2.4 million to develop the King-Drew Sickle Cell Center.

View KCET Black History Month Honorees for 2012

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