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Award recognizes leading black men in Baltimore
Award recognizes leading black men in Baltimore

Dr. LeDamien Myers had just returned home after a 30-hour shift interning at a Baltimore hospital, when he happened to catch a CNN report about the challenges confronting America's schools. As the first male on the maternal side of his family to graduate from high school or college in several generations, Myers could definitely relate. "My mother had me at 16, and she pushed me to excel," says Myers, who was born in Michigan and moved to Baltimore from California in 2008. "I wanted to mentor kids and somehow help them." The physician eventually decided teaching was his true calling. Today, the 39-year-old educator oversees a biomedical sciences program at...