Addressing Multiple Sclerosis in Communities of Color

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Celebrities Living With Multiple Sclerosis

-"Is there a doctor in the audience?" All he got was nervous laughter. "No, I'm serious. I want to know if there's a doctor here." A hand finally went up. "Doctor," Pryor said, "I need to know one thing. What the (blank) is MS?" –Richard Pryor, Actor / Comedian 

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Richard Pryor, Actor / Comedian 

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis The first African American woman to become a Texas Congresswoman - Barbara Jordan was born on February 21, 1936 in Houston, Texas in 1952, in 1966; Jordan ran for the Texas Senate and won the Democratic Primary with over 60 percent of the votes. She became one of two blacks in the state legislature. Jordan served in the Texas senate for six years. In 1972, Barbara Jordan was elected to serve in the Ninety-third Congress, becoming the first African American woman elected to Congress from Texas and the first African American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the South.​

Liane Mark Living with Multiple Sclerosis - Liane Mark, Miss Waikiki Born in Honolulu, HI.  A graduate of  Iolani School and Yale University.  Experienced her first M.S. episode the night she was crowned Miss Waikiki and was told she would be going to compete in the Miss America pageant.  After five days in the hospital she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 23 years old.  She is now using her celebrity to promote her new platform “Multiple Sclerosis Educating America and funding a cure.” -  “All of you are given many gifts and skills in this life. Hopefully, I am helping people overcome and achieve great things.” – Ms. Liane Mark

Tamia (Hill) Living with Multiple Sclerosis Born in Windsor, Ontario, hailed from a bi-racial family, singing since the age of ten.  The early '90's saw her winning prestigious Canadian music awards, which led to an offer to appear on Quincy Jones' Q's Jook Joint album. Her first solo effort followed a few years later.  Guest staring in movies and T.V. shows soon followed. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis Tamia moved forward with her next solo album “A Nu Day”. It surpassed Gold status and established the has as a force to reckon with both in front of the camera and behind the mic.

Jose Estban Living with Multiple Sclerosis Jose Fajardo - father of Gloria Estefan A gifted a guitar player; Jose Fajardo was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis. Gloria would come straight home from school to care for her father and practice her music. "My father would stand up, forget he couldn't walk and fall down; I had to pick him up a lot and he felt bad about that. but the music healed me." 

Montel Williams Living with Multiple Sclerosis Born in Baltimore, MD Montel Williams began his professional career in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1974.  He is a celebrated author and talk show host having guest stared in several films and television shows. Diagnosed with M.S. in 1999, Montel Williams made a pledge to use his celebrity to find a cure. He has established The Montel Williams M.S. Foundation to further the scientific study of MS. Montel has also joined forces with Spotlight Health -- an organization that combines healthcare expertise with celebrity experiences.