Spreading Good News (Post 750 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Patricia Roberts Harris, First African American Female Presidential Cabinet Member)

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IF YOU FOCUS ON YOUR BLESSINGS, YOU CAN’T BE DEPRESSED.  ~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

Patricia Roberts HarrisBLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  Patricia Roberts Harris, First African American Female Presidential Cabinet Member

Source:  The Internet

Patricia Roberts Harris was born on May 31, 1924 in Mattoon, Illinois.  She excelled academically and received a scholarship to Howard University.  During her time at Howard, Roberts was elected Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1945.  While she was in college, Roberts participated in civil rights protests in Washington, D.C.  In 1943, she took part in one of the earliest student sit-ins at a whites-only cafeteria.  While at Howard, Roberts served as Assistant Director for the American Council of Human Rights.  In 1955, she married William Harris, a Howard University law professor.

Patricia Roberts Harris received a law degree from George Washington University in 1960. She graduated number one in her class and was admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court.  Harris worked briefly for the U. S. Department of Justice and was appointed co-chair of the National Women’s Committee for Civil Rights by President John F. Kennedy.  A year later, she returned to Howard as an associate dean of students, while lecturing occasionally at the university’s law school.

Harris gave the seconding address for Lyndon Johnson’s nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City in 1964.  The next year, President Johnson appointed her as the U. S. ambassador to Luxembourg.  Harris returned to Howard in 1967, and two years later was named Dean of Howard University’s School of Law.  She resigned a month later when Howard University President James E. Cheek refused to support her strong stand against student protests.

In 1977, Harris was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to become the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in his cabinet.  During the confirmation hearings, she was challenged repeatedly by Republican senators who questioned her ability to represent the interests of the poor.  Her reply was: “You do not seem to understand who I am.  I am a black woman, the daughter of a dining car waiter.  I am a black woman who could not buy a house eight years ago in parts of the District of Columbia.  I didn’t start out as a member of a prestigious law firm, but as a woman who needed a scholarship to go to school.  If you think that I have forgotten that, you are wrong.”

Harris persuaded her critics and became the first African American woman to direct a federal department.  In 1980, Harris was appointed Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).  Two years later, Patricia Roberts Harris was selected as a permanent professor at the George Washington National Law Center.  She held that position until she died of breast cancer on March 23, 1985.

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~ Joyce Fields

 

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS FROM JOYCE FIELDS

Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

BE INSPIRED!  You can read about and order their books AND order merchandise from their online store at this link (or click the “BE INSPIRED!” button above):

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Thanks for your interest AND support!!

Contact Joyce at goodshortbooks@yahoo.com.

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Favorite BlogsSOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman.

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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