Skip to comments.Bush's National Security Advisor Receives NAACP Award
Posted on 01/30/2002 1:10:46 AM PST by kattracks
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has named National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice as the winner of its 33rd annual President's Award. NAACP President and Chief Executive Officer Kweisi Mfume will present the honor to Rice on Feb. 23.
Mfume says Rice exemplifies "the best spirit of Americans."
Rice's academic accomplishments combined with her distinction as the first woman to serve as the National Security Advisor made her an obvious choice for the award, he added. The award is given to those who "advance the ideals of the NAACP through image, personal achievement and service to all people of color."
Mfume says those attributes accurately describe Rice.
"As the first African American female to serve as the president's National Security Advisor, Dr. Rice's counsel is respected and valued in her field, in her community and in the upper echelons of our political establishment," he said.
"More than that, she is living proof that no obstacle is insurmountable, so long as you are resolved to push forward against adversity and realize your dreams. That is why I am honored to salute Dr. Rice as this year's President's Award recipient," Mfume added.
Former President Bill Clinton received the award last year.
Rice entered the University of Denver at the age of 15, graduating cum laude four years later with a bachelor's degree in political science. She went on to earn a master's degree at the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies, both in political science.
She served in the first Bush administration as director, then senior director, of Soviet and East European Affairs on the National Security Council, and as a special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs.
In 1986, she worked as the special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during an international affairs fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a tenured professor at Stanford University, when she became the country's youngest provost in 1993.
Prior to entering college, Rice was training for a musical career. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in April 1954. When Rice was nine years old, one of her schoolmates was killed in the bombing of a Birmingham church. While Rice says experiencing racism so personally has shaped her views, it has never stopped her from reaching her goals.
Rice is the author of "Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft." She has written numerous other articles and books on foreign affairs, as well.
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The award is nice and all, but when did Miss Rice start to advance the ideals of the NAACP? I never heard her blame white people for anything.
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How do you think that would go over.. :)
I would not rule this out at this point
Condi Rice, Clarence Thomas, and Alan Keys nominated for NAACP Award !!
Who could have ever imagined it..
Provided the color (people of color) is BLACK, all other colors are inferior...!!! By their philisophy anyway! These racists need to go away.
Better question is when did the NAACP start to accept people like Condi Rice as something more than sellout's? In the true spirit of the award, Dr. Rice is very deserving. Unfortunately, the NAACP has rarely acted in this spirit.
Good question. Perhaps, just perhaps, with a bit of wishful thinking for good measure, the folks down at the NAACP have looked around at the old NAACP standard bearers of "black leadership" and found them wanting. The hypocrisy on the part of the NAACP is absolutely staggering and amusing given their past position on Bush.
Me thinks the NAACP is under some pressure. This Adminsitration has put them in a bind. They have lots of minorities, ie black people in high places in this administration, to ignore this would show the world the hacks that they are. So they honor a token..... the table have finally turned.
Believe me I don't think she is a token but you know they do. I happen to feel she is the next Vice-President of the USA if Cheney decides to step down. Bush respects, depends and loves her dearly.