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Mother’s message of love resonates

Picture this. You are a young mother with two boys moved from Tennessee to the inner city of Detroit. Your husband has left. You are poor, black, have a third-grade education. You are basically illiterate. Your son is failing in his 5th grade class. He has developed a violent temper. His brother is following suit. What do you do?
This is where Sonya Solomon Carson found herself and realized that it was up to her to turn things around. And she did!
TV was turned off. Play time was secondary to trips to the library. Her sons had to check out and read two books a week. 
They had to write book reports on them and submit them to her. Unable to read, she would act like she had read them, and checked them off as complete. She put all she had into making sure her sons did their best.
Working two or three jobs to support the family, her relationship and dependence on the Lord gave her the wisdom and strength she needed. Ridiculed by her friends, she persevered. Her sons were going to be educated in order to get out of poverty.   
Her motto was “Learn to do your best and God will do the rest.” 
Long story short, her son, Dr. Ben Carson developed a love for reading. He noted, “A point came when I realized I wasn’t stupid.” He quickly moved to the top of his class. Graduating from high school with honors, he worked to earn money to attend Yale University, the school of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University.   
Dr. Carson, became a world-renowned neurosurgeon. He led the surgical team that performed the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the brain. 
This was only one of many complex surgeries and groundbreaking procedures he developed.  
He was recognized as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists by CNN and Time Magazine, one of the 89 “Living Legends” by the Library of Congress, recipient of the Spingarn Medal  (the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP), the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among others.
These awards are really a tribute to a woman who decided to do what was necessary for her sons to break out of the poverty and despair in which they were raised.
 In Dr. Carson’s book “Gifted Hands” he quotes his mother as saying, “I told God, I don’t have any friends. I don’t have anyone else to turn to. God, you’re going to have to be my friend, my best friend. And, you’re going to have to tell me how to do things and give me wisdom, because I don’t know what to do.”
And as a result of her perseverance, and through Dr. Carson’s “gifted hands”, many children are enjoying life who would never have had a chance to live or have a normal life.  
Sonya Carson’s story reminds us of the value of faith, family and education, and that anything we can do to help someone learn has results that last beyond our lifetimes.