Dr. Joe Whitehead

Think Big this February

Every year, the nation celebrates heritage months.  The Smithsonian Institution celebrates February of 2012, along with the rest of the country celebrating Black History Month, by recognizing African American inventors.

The Smithsonian Institution prepared a bibliography of African American Inventors.  Click here to visit their site.  

The Smithsonian, founded in 1846, is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.


Thinking big…

“There is no such thing as an average human being. If you have a normal brain, you are superior. There’s almost nothing that you can’t do,” Benjamin Carson. M.D.

Benjamin Carson succeeded where all predecessors had failed, in separating twins joined at the head, the Binder Siamese twins, in 1987.

He graduated from high school with honors, after having a rough time in school.  He then went on to Yale University and to medical school.

Carson’s successes include:

  • At age 32, he became Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
  • He is internationally recognized as a pioneer in his field.

Dr. Carson shares the story of his success with young people saying, 

“You do have the possibility of controlling your own destiny if you are willing to put in the appropriate amount of time and effort.” Or, as he tells young people everywhere, “Think Big.”


The University of Southern Mississippi also celebrates Black History Month by hosting several events and programs on the Hattiesburg campus through February. The national theme for Black History Month is “Black Women in American Culture and History,” established by the Association of the Study of African American Life and History.

Dr. Joe Whitehead
Dr. Joe Whitehead
Dr. Joe Whitehead served as dean of the College of Science of Technology from 2010-2013.

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