Speech to the National Council of Negro Women

  • Speech to the National Council of Negro Women

  • Condoleezza Rice

    I could not be more honored than to receive the Bethune Award because I feel a great kinship with Mary McLeod Bethune and I think we all do.

    Profile Picture of Condoleezza Rice in Speech to the National Council of Negro Women
  • I was reading a little bit of her biography in recent days and it's extraordinary.

  • It's extraordinary to think that at the time that Dr. Bethune lived, she was asked by a president of the United States to go to Liberia, in 1952, on a diplomatic mission.

  • It's extraordinary that she was invited to the White House in 1928.

  • Condoleezza Rice

    It's extraordinary that a young, black woman from South Carolina could found a college and be its president for almost four decades.

    Profile Picture of Condoleezza Rice in Speech to the National Council of Negro Women
  • It's extraordinary, not because she wasn't talented enough to do it, but because she lived and toiled at a time when to do that as an African-American woman was extraordinary.

  • [applause]

  • Condoleezza Rice

    I also feel a kinship with her because I've learned that she collected miniature elephants.

    Profile Picture of Condoleezza Rice in Speech to the National Council of Negro Women
  • She must have been a Republican.

  • [laughter]

  • Condoleezza Rice

    I also feel, of course, a great, great kinship with this wonderful organization.

    Profile Picture of Condoleezza Rice in Speech to the National Council of Negro Women
  • It's been a part of our lives and a part of our histories from the time that any of us could remember.

  • It is an organization that stands for the best in America because it stands for opportunity, and it stands for hope, and it stands for belief.

  • Condoleezza Rice

    It stands for everything that it really means to be American.

    Profile Picture of Condoleezza Rice in Speech to the National Council of Negro Women
  • It also stands for the tremendous gains that we as African-Americans, and African-American women, have made in these many years.

  • But those gains would not have been possible without organizations like this in our lives.

  • And so let me ask you to join me in thanking you, this great organization, for the long years of service to African-Americans, and African-American women in particular.

  • Thank you.

  • [applause]