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African American Trailblazers in Diplomacy

  • United States Diplomacy Center 330 21st Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20006 United States (map)

In recognition of African American History Month, please join the United States Diplomacy Center and the Thursday Luncheon Group for a special program exploring the diplomatic careers of five African American trailblazers in diplomacy: Ebenezer Bassett, Ralph Bunche, Edward Dudley, Patricia Roberts Harris, and Mabel Murphy Smythe.

The event will feature presentations by a panel of distinguished scholars and diplomats, including Dr. Michael Krenn, Ambassador Ruth A. Davis, James T. L. Dandridge II, and Foreign Service Officer Christopher Teal. Dr. Krenn, Professor of History at Appalachian State University and author of Black Diplomacy: African Americans and the State Department, 1945-1969, will moderate. The panel session will delve beyond the “firsts” that these diplomats represent and explore their lasting contributions to the Department of State and the practice of diplomacy.