Widely considered to be one of the most influential figures in international public life, Condoleezza Rice shares her perspectives on the progress achieved and challenges ahead in efforts to promote civil rights for all Americans.
As Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice promoted a policy of transformational diplomacy and the development of political systems worldwide based on democratic principles. Rice has proven to be a significant leader during a time of unprecedented and tumultuous world affairs, recognized for her effort to foster freedom and democracy. Her great love of America and her faith in its core values are the foundational strength of her presentations regarding foreign policy, education and the empowerment of women. Rice is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family and No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington.The 2014 Distinguished Carlson Lecture featuring Condoleezza Rice coincides with Humphrey School of Public Affairs' year-long theme Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice, a series of several civil rights-related events the Humphrey School will host as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More so than any single law, this legislation was responsible for hastening the demise of de jure segregation in many parts of the country. No U.S. lawmaker was more responsible for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than Hubert H. Humphrey, and he regarded its passage as a crowning achievement of his political career. During 2014, the Humphrey School and community partners will sponsor a range of activities to mark the anniversary of this critically important legislation, recommit to civil rights principles, and increase awareness of contemporary civil rights issues.