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The Life Of Patricia Roberts Harris

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Patricia Roberts Harris was born on May 31,1924 and died of breast cancer on March 23,1985. Harris did a lot in her 60 years of living. She was the first African American woman to hold a position in Cabinet, serve as an Ambassador, and head a law school. Harris fought hard for fair housing and employment under the Carter Administration as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Harris grew up in a Single parent home. Her performance at her high school in Chicago earned her many scholarships. She went to Howard University in Washington D.C. Attending Howard she was exposed to segregation and racial inequality. As she was in Howard she became apart of the National Association for the ...view middle of the document...

She only wanted the best form her staff and herself. She got big business to contribute to rebuilding the urban neighborhood and troubled area. After seeing such great success in the HUD he moved her to what is known now as the health and human services. When Carter lost his election in 1980 to Ronald Reagan she quit. In 1981 she returned to George Washington University as a full-time professor of law. In 1982, she ran against Marion S. Barry in the mayoral election for the District of Columbia. She lost, partly due to her failure to convince voters that a strong manager was preferable to a skilled politician, and partly due to her continued identification with the middle class. She died of breast cancer on March 23, 1985, leaving a legacy of achievement in the social and civil rights realms and an unparalleled record of “firsts” for African American women: ambassador, cabinet secretary, major corporate board member, participant in a presidential nomination, dean of a law school, and others.
In October 1987, Howard University established the Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Program, to encourage students to work in the public affairs...

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