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Dr. George Jenkins

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Health Advocate
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Just Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
2/6/1973
Birth Location:
Sumter, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Health Advocate
Dentist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pasta
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Just Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
2/6/1973
Birth Location:
Sumter
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Biography

Growing up in a rough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, Dr. George Jenkins beat the odds and followed a dream. Born on February 6, 1973, he attended University High, where his life changed. At age thirteen, while at a dentist's office, Jenkins became curious about the process, and the dentist proceeded to tell Jenkins about his different tools and teach him about teeth. From that moment, he wanted to be a dentist.

In high school, Jenkins befriended Sampson Davis and Rameck Hunt, two equally bright individuals living in the same rough area. Jenkins had learned about a program at Seton Hall University that paid for minority students to attend if they enrolled in a pre-medicine or pre-dental program. Jenkins set about convincing his friends to apply. All three were accepted, with Davis and Hunt pursuing medicine. The three spent the next four years studying together to keep their grades and spirits up. After graduation, the three were split, with Davis and Hunt heading to medical school, and Jenkins remaining in Newark to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. They remained in close contact, visiting one another each week to study and boost one another's morale. In 1999, the three young men became doctors, and the following day, a local newspaper ran a front-page story about them with the headline, "Start of Something Big." Today, Jenkins is a faculty member of community health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Three Doctors, as they have become known, have written a book about their experiences, The Pact: Three Young Men Make A Promise and Fulfill A Dream, which was a New York Times bestseller. They have also established a nonprofit organization, the Three Doctors Foundation, to provide scholarships to inner-city youth and they tour the country speaking and inspiring students to follow in their footsteps. In 2000, the three were honored with an Essence Award for their community service. They have plans to begin appearing in music videos and on billboards with the hopes of giving disadvantaged youth alternate role models.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. George Jenkins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. George Jenkins lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. George Jenkins talks about his difficulty in finding out about his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. George Jenkins talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. George Jenkins describes his mother's personality and the support she provided for him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. George Jenkins describes how his parents met and his mother's move to Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. George Jenkins describes growing up in and around the Stella Wright Housing Projects in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. George Jenkins describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. George Jenkins describes being inspired by his teacher at Louise A. Spencer Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. George Jenkins describes his experience at University High School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. George Jenkins describes his decision to become a dentist when he was thirteen
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. George Jenkins describes how he avoided the distractions in order to pursue his dreams
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. George Jenkins describes how his friends became involved in criminal activity in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. George Jenkins describes meeting HistoryMakers Dr. Sampson Davis and Dr. Rameck Hunt at University High School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. George Jenkins talks about his extracurricular activities at University High School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. George Jenkins describes deciding to attend Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey with HistoryMakers Dr. Sampson Davis and Dr. Rameck Hunt
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. George Jenkins describes growing up without a father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. George Jenkins describes increased gang activity in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. George Jenkins describes being racially profiled by the police in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. George Jenkins describes his experience in dental school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. George Jenkins talks about the difficulty of finding a sincere mentor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. George Jenkins describes the pact he made with HistoryMakers Dr. Sampson Davis and Dr. Rameck Hunt to support each other through medical school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dr. George Jenkins remembers the doubts he felt during his residency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. George Jenkins describes graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey in 1999 with HistoryMakers Dr. Sampson Davis and Dr. Rameck Hunt
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. George Jenkins describes deciding on a career path after his residency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. George Jenkins describes how growing up in Newark, New Jersey helped him relate to patients during his residency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. George Jenkins describes his community health involvement at the New Jersey Dental School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. George Jenkins describes the Three Doctors Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. George Jenkins talks about "The Pact," a book he co-wrote with HistoryMakers Dr. Sampson Davis and Dr. Rameck Hunt
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. George Jenkins reflects upon the importance of staying in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. George Jenkins describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. George Jenkins describes his plans for the future, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. George Jenkins describes his plans for the future, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dr. George Jenkins talks about his faith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. George Jenkins reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. George Jenkins describes how he would like to be remembered