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date: 29 November 2020

Harris, Patricia Roberts locked

(31 May 1924–23 March 1985)
  • Judith R. Johnson


Harris, Patricia Roberts (31 May 1924–23 March 1985), cabinet member and ambassador was born in Mattoon Illinois the daughter of Bert Fitzgerald Roberts a Pullman car waiter and Hildren Brodie Johnson a schoolteacher After graduating from a Chicago high school she entered Howard University from which she was graduated summa cum laude with an A B in 1945 In 1943 while a student at Howard she joined the nascent civil rights movement and participated in a sit in to desegregate a cafeteria lunch counter in Washington D C Roberts did graduate work at the University of Chicago In 1946 while attending graduate school she was also program director of the local YWCA In 1949 she returned to Washington D C where she pursued further graduate study at the American University until 1950 From 1949 to 1953 she served as an assistant director in the Civil Rights Agency ...

A version of this article originally appeared in American National Biography.

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