Dr. Carson has been the recipient of numerous awards including more than 70 honorary doctorate degrees, the NAACP's highest award which is the Spingarn medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States. He was also named in 2001 by the Library of Congress as one of 89 living legends on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. That same year he was named by CNN and Time Magazine as one of the nation's 24 foremost physicians and scientists.
With much public urging, he reluctantly entered the presidential primaries in 2015 and briefly held front runner status before dropping out and accepting the position as the 17th United States Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. At HUD his team was responsible for many innovative programs such as the Foster Youth to Independence program (FYI) which helps youth who have aged out of foster care obtain the support necessary to set them on a trajectory of success. They also created the EnVision Center program which facilitates self-sufficiency in underserved populations. Under Secretary Carson's oversight, the agency once again became fiscally responsible resulting in the first clean audit in many years. He also chaired the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council consisting of multiple federal agencies for the purpose of developing and expanding the Opportunity Zone program. The list of accomplishments at HUD is expansive.