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Former U.S. Ambassador Patricia Roberts Harris

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1history.jpgThough she died more than twenty years ago, former U.S. Ambassador Patricia Roberts Harris is the focus of Kassey Eugene, a Flagler Palm Coast High School senior. Eugene is one of 45 students participating in the African American Cultural Society’s 5th Annual Youth Reality Show.

Roberts Harris, a Howard graduate, was the first Black woman to be named an ambassador and the first Black woman to enter the presidential line of succession.

The event — held in celebration of Black History Month — will feature a mix of dancing and singing and portrayals of historical black figures, including intellectual and author W.E.B. DuBois and playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

Jeanette Wheeler, the show’s coordinator, said the Youth Reality Show teaches local young blacks their rich heritage.

“The whole purpose is to make (black youth) aware of their culture,” she said. “We’re teaching our historical events . . . in a fun way.”

Read more about the event at News Journal

Read more about Patricia Roberts Harris.

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Written by Symphony

February 16, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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