Susan Rice

in Washington, D.C., The United States
November 17, 1964


Ambassador Susan E. Rice is currently Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the School of International Service at American University, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She serves on the board of Netflix and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and previously served on several nonprofit boards, including the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Rice earned her master’s degree and doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and her B.A. from Stanford University. A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of the National Cathedral School f

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“Our parents taught us, quite matter-of-factly, that we needed to be twice as good as the next (white) kid, because that is what it would take to be considered almost equal.”
Susan Rice, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For

“I still believe that the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, but nobody is going to do the hard bending, if not you and me. It’s our choice, and I have always believed we must choose each other.”
Susan Rice, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For

“Now, it was clear: I may be black; but objectively by their standards, I was also the best. They had to deal with that. My father’s daughter, I decided to let race be their problem, not mine.”
Susan Rice, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For

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