The Jim Crow south of the 1920s and '30s was a barren place that often buried the aspirations of young black sharecroppers. Yet while meticulously tilling the ground for the cotton harvest under the supervision of his father and grandfather in Hiram, Georgia, Wilburn Harold Weddington was determined that his life would not be tied to the land. Salt of the Earth Georgia Boy tells the story of how Wilburn fulfilled his dream of becoming the first African American doctor from the Paulding County area. While many southern black families had given up on the grueling, agrarian lifestyle and were making the journey up north, the Weddingtons chose to remain in Hiram. With resolute faith in God, they supported Wilburn's ambition. They gave the best of what they could produce from their small farm to pay for Wilburn's high school boarding expenses in Douglassville, Georgia, and later at Morehouse College in Atlanta. His family's sacrifices were the seeds that opened doors for Wilburn to learn under the tutelage of prominent African American scholars like Morehouse president Dr. Benjamin E. Mays and medical trailblazers Drs. Charles R. Drew and William Montague Cobb at Howard University. When Wilburn began his family practice in Marietta, Georgia, in 1949, this was the beginning of an extraordinary medical career that would later bring him to Ohio State University's Department of Family Medicine. He is now Professor Emeritus of Clinical Family Medicine at OSU and one of Morehouse's oldest living graduates. Salt of the Earth Georgia Boy is Wilburn's story of great hope and promise of a future that was destined well beyond Hiram's furrows.
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|Publisher: ||Tate Publishing|
|Date published: || 2013|
|ISBN: ||9781629941776 (DRM-EPUB)|
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