St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Renames Section After First Black Physician to Work There


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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is celebrating the $2 million they raised to rename a section of the institution after a pioneering researcher of sickle cell disease and the hospital’s first Black research physician. A campaign named after Dr. Rudolph Jackson was aimed at renaming part of the building after the medical trailblazer, ABC 24 reported. Members of Jackson’s family were present for a June 23 ceremony that unveiled two plaques named in his honor that will sit at the entrance of the Weiss Hematology Lab in the Danny Thomas Research Center. The building is where blood disorders are researched, something Dr. Jackson helped pioneer at the hospital during the 1960s. “It is a beautiful tribute to the lifesaving work of Dr. Jackson,” said Reginald Porter, chief diversity equity and inclusion officer and senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. Two organizations, ABCD & Company, a marketing and events agency in Rockville, Maryland, and Speer Charitable Trust, earned the naming rights on the plaques after each donating $500,000 as part of a broader five-year commitment to St. Jude. Jackson made a considerable impact on blood disease research that helped pave...