Patricia Roberts-Harris-Government Official

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Patricia Harris in her swearing-in ceremony (in 1965) to be the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg.
Patricia Harris in her swearing-in ceremony (in 1965) to be the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg.

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Born: May 31, 1924 in Mattoon, Illinois

Parents: Bert Fritzgerald Roberts, a pullman car waiter and Hildren Brodie Johnson-Roberts, a schoolteacher

Siblings: unknown

Spouse: William Beasley Harris (married  September 1, 1955, widowed 1984)

Children:  0

Education: George Washington University, George Washington University Law School (Class of 1960; rank number 1 in her class of 94 students), University of Chicago, and Howard University (Class of 1945 summa cum laude)

Occupation: Government Official

Party: Democratic

Contributions, Accomplishments, and Achievements: Served in the  Administration of President Jimmy Carter  as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, United States Secretary of Health Education and Welfare (renamed Secretary of Health and Human Services during her tenure), the first African American Woman to serve in the United States Cabinet, and the first to enter the line of succession to the Presidency. Previously served as United States Ambassador to Luxembourg under President Lyndon B. Johnson and first African American Woman to represent the United States as Ambassador.

Other Facts About Roberts-Harris: First National Executive Director of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Associate Dean of Students and Law Lecturer at Harvard (1961), Dean of Howard University School of Law (1969). Ran for mayor of Washington, DC in 1982 and lost to September 14 election to incumbent Marion Barry.

Quotes From/About Roberts-Harris: Senator, I am one of them. You do not seem to understand who I am. I am a black woman, the daughter of a dining-car worker … If my life has any meaning at all, it is that those who start out as outcasts can wind up as being part of the system.

Death: March 23, 1985 in Washington, DC of breast cancer(age 60)

I salute this AMAZING HER-story making sista!

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