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Celebrating Black History Month at St. Jude

We reflect on our heroes: doctors, patients and supporters who have been a part of our lifesaving mission.


Architect of hope

Friend of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas and the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects, Paul Williams donated the design of the original star-shaped hospital when it was constructed in 1962.



Architect of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Paul Williams with founder Danny Thomas

History in healthcare

Dr. Rudolph Jackson was one of the first African-American doctors at St. Jude even though hospitals were still segregated in the South in the 1960's. He made it his mission to share findings and treatment protocols for sickle cell disease with the wider medical community.


From diagnosis to contemporary art

Kris Keys, who was treated at St. Jude as a child, is a modern fashion designer who connects her experience with hereditary elliptocytosis to art. Her journey has taken her around the world.


Making a difference to save kids


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