One of the most remarkable lives of 20th Century America began on Jan. 6, 1912 — the birthdate of Danny Thomas. He achieved fame as a TV star, but his greatest role was as the self-proclaimed “proud beggar” who raised the funds to build St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, on the belief that no child should die in the dawn of life.
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Paul Williams: Architect to Stars and St. Jude
Paul Williams, an African-American architect who made his name designing homes for stars like Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball, donated his services to help his friend Danny Thomas build St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Rev. Melvin Smith: 'Another Side of Humanity'
As the segregationist laws of the 1950s and ‘60s kept African Americans from advancing socially and professionally, St. Jude offered a safe environment where equality was the order of the day.