Diverse Diplomats

Carl T. Rowan and Lyndon B. Johnson
Carl T. Rowan: From Journalist to Diplomat
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The path to becoming a diplomat is not always obvious. For Carl T. Rowan, he paved his path with his storytelling. His many articles on racism in America and international affairs caught the attention of President John F. Kennedy, propelling him into multiple political appointments. In 1961, Rowan became the highest-ranking Black American in the…

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The Diplomatic Career of Frederick Douglass
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“One of the duties of a minister in a foreign land is to cultivate good social, as well as civil relations, with the people and government to which he is sent.” In the mid-1800s, Frederick Douglass was known internationally as an activist, writer, and orator. But did you know he also served as an official…

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Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo
The Diplomatic Skills of Ambassador Terence A. Todman
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Diplomacy skills are not just any skills. They are the specific skills diplomats employ to succeed in their duties. To help the public demystify the skills of diplomacy, the National Museum of American Diplomacy categorizes these skills as informational, relational, and operational skill sets. One of the nine key diplomacy skills under operational is advocacy.…

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Sarah Parker Remond: Citizen Diplomacy and the Emancipation Proclamation as Foreign Policy
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When Civil War erupted in April of 1861, President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward’s official reason for the war was to preserve the union of states, not abolish slavery. In the end, emancipation did in fact become a war objective. What changed? How did the Emancipation Proclamation affect European nations’ refusal to…

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Ambassador Arnold Chacon
From Mentee to Mentor: Ambassador Arnold Chacon and Leadership in the Foreign Service
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Ambassador Arnold Chacon has served as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service for 40 years. His dedication to his career as a public servant began early through his years of volunteer service in Latin America as a teenager and young adult. Throughout his time as a diplomat, his mentors taught him valuable lessons and…

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Ambassador Carmen Cantor
Island Diplomacy, from Mayagüez to Micronesia: The Journey of Esperanza of Ambassador Carmen Gloria Cantor
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The word esperanza in Spanish means “hope” or “expectation.” This word, both in its promise and sense of duty, captures the career of Carmen G. Cantor, the United States Ambassador to Micronesia. Some people might say that hope or esperanza is the belief things will work, especially when it appears otherwise. Ambassador Cantor’s unique upbringing…

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Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo
Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo: The First Hispanic American Woman Ambassador
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Mari-Luci Jaramillo was a renowned educator who served as Ambassador to Honduras under Carter’s administration from 1977-1980.  Jaramillo started her career as a teacher but quickly grew her leadership skills to push education reform and civil rights at a national and international level.  Her popularity in various communities led President Jimmy Carter to nominate her…

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Diplomacy through Many Storms: Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez
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When Lino Gutiérrez joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1977, he found himself to be the only Latino in his class. At that time, Hispanic Americans comprised only four percent of the diplomatic corps. During his 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, Gutiérrez served in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and Washington, D.C., including…

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The Dedication and Leadership of Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir
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How does a diplomat become a great leader? Who and what has inspired them? The National Museum of American Diplomacy helps answer these questions through an exploration of some of the lives of our nation’s most accomplished diplomatic leaders. Drawing strength and determination from her upbringing, Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir now inspires future generations. Lakhdhir…

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Boa Lee: Diplomacy Can Overcome Tragedy
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In 2012, I had just arrived at my first overseas assignment in Sierra Leone when I was asked to deal with a protest outside the U.S. embassy. Relatives of people killed during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war wanted to speak to the U.S. ambassador about the death of their loved ones.    Seeking justice and dealing…

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