>>THE FIRST TIME I EVER INTERACTED WITH A BLACK PHYSICIAN WAS IN COLLEGE WHEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET DR. BEN CARSON. TO SEE A BLACK MAN MAKING SUCH IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD OF MEDICINE, DR. CARSON, IT LIT A FIRE IN ME. IT INSTILLED A BELIEF IN ME THAT I COULD DO THE SAME.>>WOW, THE U.S. SURGEON GENERAL SPEAKING FROM THE HEART YESTERDAY THANKING A FELLOW CABINET MEMBER. YOU ALL KNOW HIM DR. BEN CARSON FOR BEING INSPIRATION ARGUABLY BEING THE BEST BRAIN SURGEON IN THE COUNTRY. IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION AT THE WHITE HOUSE. JOINING US TO DISCUSS MORE IS DR. JEROME ADAMS. DR. ADAMS, SOME INSPIRING THINGS ABOUT YOU INCLUDING YOUR FAMILY. YOUR FAMILY WAS ALL MILITARY. YOU COULDN’T GO INTO THE MILITARY, BUT, MAN, WHAT PLAN B.>>WELL, ABSOLUTELY. I KNEW I WANTED STORVE, BECAUSE BECAUSE OF TOCAUSE BECAUSE OF TO SUSE BECAUSE OF TO SERE BECAUSE OF TO SERVEBECAUSE OF TO SERVE.ECAUSE OF TO SERVE.COAUSE OF TO SERVE.COULSE OF TO SERVE.COULDN OF TO SERVE.COULDN’TF TO SERVE.COULDN’T BECAUSE OF MY ASTHMA. I WAS INSPIRED BY THE FOLKS AROUND ME GROWING UP. NONE OF THEM WERE BLACK. I HAD NEVER MET A BLACK DOCTOR UNTIL I GOT THE COLLEGE AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT AND TO MEET DR. CARSON. BRIAN: WE JUST HEARD WHAT YOU JUST SAID YESTERDAY HERE IS WHAT HE TWEETED BACK I’M HUMBLED BY YOUR KIND WORDS. MANY BACKGROUND. IN LIGHT OF THE OPERATING ROOM EVERYONE’S BRAINS LOOK THE SAME AND EVERYONE CAN ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS IF THEY SET THEIRS TO IT WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHT ON THAT.>>COULDN’T AGREE MORE. A LOT OF FOLKS DEBATE THE VALUE OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. BUT YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT’S REMARKS WERE SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY INSPIRE HOPE. MANY FOLKS KNOW OF MY STORY. I HAVE A BROTHER WHO IS IN PRISON RIGHT NOW WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER. SO WITHIN THE SAME FAMILY AS THE TAXPAYERS, FOLKS CAN EITHER PAY FOR SOMEONE TO BE INCARCERATED OR HAVE A SURGEON GENERAL. WE HAVE GOT TO HELP FOLKS UNDERSTAND THERE ARE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM TO BECOME A DOCTOR, TO BECOME A POLICE OFFICER, TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY. THAT’S WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT AT YESTERDAY’S EVENT THAT WE SHARED THESE IMPORTANT STORIES OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND BLACKS SUCCEEDING IN THIS COUNTRY. BRIAN: WHAT DID YOUR PARENTS AND WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE SAY THERE IS INIQUITIES IN SOCIETY. YOU KNOW, WE STARTED AS SLAVES IN THIS COUNTRY, BROUGHT HERE AGAINST OUR WILL, AND PEOPLE ARE ANGRY ABOUT THAT. AND WE SEE IT PLAYING OUT ON A DAILY BASIS. WHY DON’T HAVE YOU THAT ANGER?>>WELL, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW OUR HISTORY. BUT IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT THAT WE WORK TOGETHER TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN MOVE AHEAD. ONE OF THE THINGS I HAVE TRIED TO DO IN MY LIFE AND A SURGEON GENERAL IS SHOW EVERYONE HOW WE BENEFIT FROM ADDRESSING INIQUITY AND HOW EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM A MORE PROSPEROUS COUNTRY. I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THIS ADMINISTRATION AS SURGEON GENERAL. CAN I SHINE A LIGHT ON. SO ISSUES AND SHARE. SO STORIES I FACED. BRIAN: WOW. AND YOU ARE AND YOU DID. THANKS SO MUCH FOR BRINGING IT OUT YESTERDAY GREAT SPEECH SPEAKING FROM THE HEART AND THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING, DOCTOR.>>BRIAN, CHOCOLATE ACTUALLY IS GOOD FOR NEW SMALL DOSES. SO, JUST REMEMBER THAT ON VALENTINE’S DAY. BRIAN: I KNOW. WOULDN’T BROCCOLI BE BETTER.>>BROCCOLI WOULD BE BETTER BUT I’M TELLING YOU YOUR WIFE IS NOT GOING TO LIKE IT