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African Americans in U.S. Foreign PolicyFrom the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama$
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Linda Heywood, Allison Blakely, Charles Stith, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038877

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038877.001.0001

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African American Representatives in the United Nations

African American Representatives in the United Nations

From Ralph Bunche to Susan Rice

(p.177) 8 African American Representatives in the United Nations
African Americans in U.S. Foreign Policy

Lorenzo Morris

University of Illinois Press

This chapter seeks to identify the assumptions and expectations that have historically surrounded African Americans in the United Nations, and determine whether they significantly affect or have affected African Americans in senior positions in the United Nations in the execution, interpretation, or evaluation of their responsibilities. The chapter focuses on the role of the ambassador, but it begins with Ralph Bunche, whose role as a “first” and whose breadth of responsibilities in the U.N.'s foundation helped define the parameters in which race is likely to pass between insignificance and prominence. Building on continuing issues exposed by Bunche's experience, the experiences of the three African American U.S. ambassadors to the U.N.—Andrew Young, Donald McHenry, and Susan Rice—can each be examined on the basis of similar issues.

Keywords:   African American diplomats, diplomacy, United States, ambassadors, Ralph Bunche, race, Andrew Young, Donald McHenry, Susan Rice

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