Red Cross Celebrates Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month by donating blood! In 1941, the first medical director of the first American Red Cross blood bank was a black physician, Dr. Charles Drew. An oil painting portrait of Dr. Drew done on canvas in 1953 by Betsy Graves Reyneau hangs at the Blood Donor Center in Muskegon.

Dr. Charles Drew, black physician who helped develop Red Cross blood services

During Black History Month, Red Cross honors the diversity of those who have built the organization into what it is today. The Biomedical Program is a direct result of the work of Dr. Drew, who laid the foundation for modern day blood banking during World War II.

To make an appointment to donate, visit and find a blood drive near you!


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