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Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream: A Memoir 


Defining Moments of a Free Man from A Black Stream chronicles the journey of a young black man growing up in poverty in a small South American country and rising to become one of the world’s pre-eminent scientists in the Pharmaceutical Industry, developing drugs that fight diabetes, seizures, and cancer. Dr. Frank L. Douglas has lived a life based on values, hard work, and self-control. His memoir is a reflection on the events and people that made him into the man he is.


This book is a story of race, pain, loss, survival, perseverance, harnessing and acquisition of power and ultimately, success.   



Dr. Frank L. Douglas grew up in British Guiana with his mother and four siblings. His love of education earned him a Fulbright Scholarship and he came to America during the turbulent years of the 1960s. He worked at Ciba Giegy and Aventis, and was involved in the pharmaceutical industry where he spearheaded research and development of drugs that treat tuberculosis, arthritis, diabetes, seizures, cancer and pulmonary embolism, among others.

Douglas has received the Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development Director of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers in 2002; the Black History Maker Award in 2007; the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and GQ Rockstar of Science, and the Odyssey Award from the Center of Medicine in the Public Interest in 2010;  and the Caribbean  Heritage Award for Entrepreneurship in 2011.

Douglas wrote A Free Man From a Black Stream in honor of all those who have helped him along his journey.

An outstanding scientist, executive, and mentor

Its a story like no other. It’s a life lesson that everyone can learn from. The book details an exemplary hard working man who utilized great education, rigorous career training and excellent work ethics to define his life and those around him. America needs brilliant minds like Dr. Douglas who channel their knowledge and skill sets to shape young minds to be the scientists of tomorrow. His road to success was a tough one that he carefully navigated through critical decision making and analytical thinking. Dr. Douglas has cared for shaping not only his own future but those of others. He is a wonderful mentor for aspiring researchers to pursue their career goals through determined planning.

Furqan Haq, Amazon Book Review

Dr. Frank Douglas has quite the reputation within the pharmaceutical community and for good reason. As this autobiography shows, he’s not just a man of great intelligence, but also compassion and integrity.

My only issue with this is that the formatting and editing was not well done, but it wasn’t as distracting as it could have been, and I’m glad I read it.

Nisha Ward, Good Reads Book Review

Debut author Douglas reflects on a life of extraordinary academic and professional achievement and on the obstacles that prejudice put in his path.

Overall, Douglas’ story is an inspiring one, and readers will find it remarkable how he continually was able to persevere in the face of daunting challenges. Also, he provides a candid, general anatomy of racism in the United States based on his own experience.


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The public execution of George Floyd has awakened the nation to the inequities and iniquities of Systemic Racism. As we address the institutional and structural problems, there is a need to provide opportunities for minority professionals to discuss and find ways to deal with aspects of systemic racism that currently impact their lives.

To address this, I am announcing the launch of Safe Haven Solutions-the Talk which will provide a Space for open and candid dialogue; a place where professionals can present and discuss ways to address current personal problems in the workplace, be it in industry, academia or government. Each discussion group will be limited to 5 participants and sessions will last 90 minutes. Participants will commit to observe Chatham House Rules and respect the wishes of the presenter. Everyone is encouraged to participate in Problem Identification, Cultural Influence, Personal Impact and Business Impact. In each session, participants will be selected from diverse backgrounds and professions.

The goal of these sessions is to equip the participants with the capability to have ‘The Talk’ when faced with Systemic Racism, Discrimination or Microaggressions in their workplace.

If you are interested, please contact me at: contact@freemanblackstream.com.