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date: 22 September 2020

Cousin, Ertharin locked

(1 Jan. 1957– ), diplomat, humanitarian, and United Nations official,
  • Haleemon Anderson


was born in Chicago, Illinois to Anne Cousin, a social worker, and Julius Cousin, a property owner and community organizer. Cousin was raised with three sisters in Lawndale, a low-income community near the city’s Cabrini Green public housing projects. Although the four siblings saw poverty and disadvantage at close quarters, their parents made sure they were also exposed to the opportunities that lay on the other side of the tracks.

Cousin was academically ambitious, wanting to be both a doctor and a teacher, and was one of the first female students bused to Chicago’s acclaimed (and previously all-male) Lane Technical School in 1972. After graduating in 1975, she earned a B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1979 She was then accepted by the University of Georgia School of Law where she studied international law was mentored by former U S Secretary of State ...

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

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