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I. When I say the words "Condoleezza Rice", some of you are wondering what it was that I just said.
A. Some may think I'm speaking another language.
B. Others may know that this is a person's name.
II. When I first heard the name Condoleezza Rice, I didn't know who she was either.
III. Today, I am here to tell you about Condoleezza Rice, our Secretary of State.
IV. I will tell you about her childhood life, what she did before she became involved with politics, and how her political career started.

(Let me start by telling you a little information about when she was a little girl.)


I. Condoleezza Rice claims that her childhood taught her determination against adversity.
A. Born on November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, Condoleezza Rice grew up in the South during the time of the civil rights movement.
1. She was the only child of Reverend John Wesley and Angelena Rice.
a) Her father was a minister at Westminister Presbyterian Church.
b) Her mother was a pianist, an organist, and a music teacher.
2. During the time her mother was a music teacher, she named her child Condoleezza because it was an Italian musical term that meant "with sweetness."
B. When Condoleezza turned eight years old, she was attending school during the Brown vs. Board of Education.
1. She was affected by this because she lost one of her classmates.
2. The little girl's name was Denise McNair and she was killed in a church bombing.
C. At the age of 15, Condoleezza's goal was to become a pianist.
1. At first she studied at a music camp.
2. When she finished there, she moved to Colorado and attended the University of Denver, where her father taught a class called "The Black Experience in America."
D. But then she decided to change her mind about being a pianist and became interested in politics
1. She then took a course on International Politics, which was taught by Josef Korbel. With this, she became interested with the Soviet Union and international relations
2. She began to call her teacher "one of the most central figures in my life."

(Now that you have heard her about her childhood, let me continue with her career.)

II. Although she spent a lot of years in school, Condoleezza achieved her career and became a part of many different businesses.
A. After graduating high school, Condoleezza attended the University of Denver.
1. When she was 19, she received her bachelor's degree in political science and Phi Beta Kappa , later she received her master's degree from the University of Norte Dame afterwards
2. When she turned 21, she decided to change her political affiliation from Democratic to Republican.

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3. It was during that year that she first worked in the State Department as an intern in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
4. Finally when she turned 26 in 1981, she received her Ph. D. from University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies, which enabled her to speak many other languages including English, French, Spanish, and Russian.
B. After she finished school, Condoleezza begin her career as being a professor.
1. In 1981, she became an assistant Professor at Stanford University.
a) First she was a Professor in Political Science and she continued for six years.
b) Then she went on to become an Associate Professor in 1987 for another six years.
2. From1993 to 2000, she tenured Professor of Political Science, Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution.
C. During the time between her years of being a professor and being involved with politics, she was also a part of many other businesses.
1. She served on the board of Chevron, Transamerica, Hewlett-Packard, J.P. Morgan, Carnegie Corporation and other different companies.
2. She also co founded an after-school academy in East Pablo Alto, California called the Center for a New Generation.

(Now let me tell you how she became the Secretary of State.)

III. Condoleezza political career started in 1989 when she served in the George H.W. Bush Administration.
A. There she became the director of the administration.
B. Later on she became Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council.
1. During that time, she became a great help to Bush.
a) She helped him and James Baker, who was the Secretary of State at that time, develop policies in favor of German reunification.
b) With this, Bush liked what she did and introduced her to Mikhail Gorbacher, the Soviet leader.
2. Shortly after that, Condoleezza became George Bush's principal advisor on the Soviet Union.
C. In the year of 2000, Condoleezza became the first woman to be chosen to serve as the National Security Advisor.
1. She had previously been a professor of political science at Stanford.
2. In order for her to take the role as the Advisor, she had to leave her position at Stanford.
D. On November 16, 2004, George Bush nominated Condoleezza to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State.
1. January 19, 2005, the U.S. Senate committee on Foreign Relations voted 16-2 to approve the forwarding of her nomination.
2. The 26th of the same month, the Senate voted 85-13.
a) The negative votes she received were the most they ever received against the nomination for Secretary of State.
b) They voted against her because they thought that she was accountable for their failure in Iraq.
E. January 26, 2005, Condoleezza Rice was appointed the 66th Secretary of State.

(With the information that I have presented to you, you should at least know who she is.)


I. As I begin to close, I hope you all know now who Condoleezza Rice is, what she did before becoming a politician, and how she got to where she is today.
II. Most important, I hope you remember that Condoleezza Rice has risen to become one of the highest-profile female politicians in US history, and easily the most powerful African-American female politician.

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