A community organizer to be proud of

Here is a young man involved in community activities that the entire nation can be proud of.

Darryl W. Finkton, a senior at Harvard College and once one of the best high school basketball players in metropolitan Indianapolis, was named this month as one of the current year’s class of Rhodes scholars.

His community service: 

He directed and

co-founded a sustainable water delivery system for a community in Ghana, and has done

neuroimagery research in infant cognition in a French medical laboratory.

Link:  http://www.rhodesscholar.org/get/7/2009_Winners_Bios_for_Website.pdf


As the Indianpolis Star described him:

In 2006, Finkton, the son of Stephanie Finkton, said he wanted to become a pediatric cardiologist. In a 2005 interview with The Star while still a student at North Central, Finkton said, “When I’m on the basketball court, I’m a basketball player. When I’m in class, I’m a student”

He was considered one of the best high school basketball players in the Indianapolis area, receiving an honorable mention on The Star’s 2006 All-Marion County boys team and honorable mention on the Topics Newspapers team. Finkton played on the Harvard team for two years before suffering a knee injury.

At Harvard, he is a neurobiology major and a minor in African American studies.  At Oxford, he plans to complete a master’s in global health science.

I suspect — and hope — that we are going to be hearing a good deal more about him.