The person I decided to write my paper on is Condoleezza Rice. I chose her because I feel that she has played an important role in African American history. Condoleezza excelled in her education at an early age. She also worked in the White House alongside other well-known individuals like the former President George Bush. She had to overcome many obstacles to get where she is today, and for that I admire her. Born on Nov 14, 1954, Condoleezza Rice was an only child. She learned to speak French and play the piano at an early age. After tracing her roots Condoleezza discovered that her ancestors were a part of the pre- Civil War era. Condoleezza entered the University of Denver at the age of 16 with plans of becoming a pianist. Rice also enjoyed figure skating in her younger years. Condoleezza made history by being the first African American woman to serve as Secretary of State from 2005-2009. She also was the first African American woman to hold post head of the NSC. Condoleezza served as the nation’s security advisor from 2001-2004. During this time she was known to have a huge impact on the influences of advising President Bush. Condoleezza overcame many obstacles to achieve success. The hardest obstacle she faced would probably have been racism. The fact that she was African American did not sit well with many of her peers. Another obstacle she had to face to achieve success was the fact that she was a female. Back in those days I’m sure females were not expected to take certain jobs or positions. Condoleezza overcame these obstacles by focusing on her goals and not being intimidated. During her younger years Rice witnessed many acts of racism and prejudice. Although she didn’t let this deter her, she used it to motivate her to push further. I think these obstacles are what made Condoleezza set her goals so high at such an early age. Condoleezza graduated from high school at the age of 16.Education was very important to Rice as well as her...
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