Condoleeza Rice: the first black woman to serve as U. S. national
The first black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.
The first woman to serve as provost of Stanford University.
Merely the firsts of a much longer list of achievements!
She said, “My parents had me absolutely convinced that even if I couldn’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter I could be President of the United States, if I wanted to be. And the advice I’d give to all young people is, don’t let anyone else define what you’re going to be because of your gender or race.”
In the 1963 bombing in Birmingham, one of the four children killed was her classmate.
Years later quoting Romans 5 she said, "We are told to “Rejoice in our sufferings. . .that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character. . . .Only through struggle do we realize the depths of our resilience and understand that the hardest of blows can be survived!”