Neal Hall, M.D., was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University where he achieved All Ivy, All East Coast, All America Honors, Co-Captained The Cornell Track and Field Team, Cornell's Athlete of the Year - 78', Gold Medalist 78' U.S. National Sport Festival Mini Olympics and Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee.
Dr. Hall received his medical degree from Michigan State and his ophthalmology surgical subspecialty training from Harvard University.
As a young boy, Dr. Hall was taught to believe Washington never told a lie, Lincoln freed the slaves; that the American dream was a reality well within the reach of every American. All he needed to do to make this dream a reality was apply himself: self motivation, discipline, hard work and education. After years of academic rigors, freshly minted from a Harvard ophthalmic medical and surgical subspecialty in tow, Dr. Hall discovered - painfully - that despite all his hard work, enthusiasm and drive, America does not deliver equally.
Whether he works as an ophthalmologist or poet, his reality is clear-cut. In the eyes of "unspoken America" he is a Nigger For Life. Dr. Hall discovered that in "unspoken America", race is the one thing by which he is "first" judged; by which he is "first" measured, "first" against which his life and accomplishments are metered diminished value, dignity and equality; all of which have everything to do with accessing choice, opportunity, power and freedom. Now he can see - painfully - disguised from the eyes of the child he used to be, America's continued state of slavery.
Publisher: www.surgeon-poet.com; 1ST edition (2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
A critically acclaimed anthology of verse, Nigger For Life, reflects the painful, later life discovery of Neal Hall, M.D., that in "unspoken America," race is the one thing on which he is "first" judged, by which he is "first" measured, "first", against which his life and accomplishments are metered diminished value, dignity and equality. All of which have everything to do with accessing choice, opportunity, power and freedom in America. - / - Nigger For Life reveals Dr. Hall's deep sense of betrayal combined with his fervent passion for life and equality for "all". His words pierce through in candid, gut wrenching clarity. He bares his intelligence, wit and dreams. His anthology is as confronting as it is illuminating, as disarming as it is thought provoking, as cathartic as it is filling. - / - Whether an ophthalmologist or poet, Dr. Hall's reality is clear-cut - in the eyes of "unspoken America", he is, a Nigger For Life.