Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York. Sloane Hospital for Women
Original Repository: Howard University. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Charles R. Drew Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
"My Chief Interest Was and Is Surgery"--Howard University, 1941-1950
Letter from John Scudder to Charles R. Drew (March 30, 1944)
April 15, 1944
Thanks for your letter concerning the Spingarn Medal.
Not having been associated with anything that even closely pertains to blood or plasma since 1941, I was a little surprised.
Maybe the fellows had a hard time finding anybody who had done anything last year and since the whole Negro race feels pretty
badly about the Army attitude toward blood donors, I suppose there is some small satisfaction in the thought that at one time
I was associated with this particular phase of activities connected to the war effort. There is a great deal of bitterness,
not only about this particular phase but about opportunities and treatment of Negro troops as a whole, bitterness which makes
me very unhappy for there are no suggestions which I can make which would have any effect in removing or relieving any of
the situations which caused this bitterness and are a source of constant humiliation to anyone who would like to serve his
country in a time such as this.
I have not yet taken up the matter of the bottle with the Cutter Laboratories. I had planned to before this time as a result
of your previous note but there just seems to be so many things to do, I have not been able to get at it. I promise I shall
take up this matter the first break I get. Many thanks.
Lenore joins me in best wishes to you, D. V. and your loyal crew.