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Extraordinary, Ordinary People - A Memoir of Family

Condoleezza Rice

This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl--and a young woman--trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community that made all the difference. Condoleezza Rice has excelled as a diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist. Her achievements run the gamut from helping to oversee the collapse of communism in Europe and the decline of the Soviet Union, to working to protect the country in the aftermath of 9-11, to becoming only the second woman--and the first black woman ever--to serve as Secretary of State. But until she was 25 she never learned to swim, because when she was a little girl in Birmingham, Alabama, Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor decided he'd rather shut down the city's pools than give black citizens access. Throughout the 1950's, Birmingham's black middle class largely succeeded in insulating their children from the most corrosive effects of racism, providing multiple support systems to ensure the next generation would live better than the last. But by 1963, Birmingham had become an environment where blacks were expected to keep their head down and do what they were told--or face violent consequences. That spring two bombs exploded in Rice's neighborhood amid a series of chilling Klu Klux Klan attacks. Months later, four young girls lost their lives in a particularly vicious bombing. So how was Rice able to achieve what she ultimately did? Her father, John, a minister and educator, instilled a love of sports and politics. Her mother, a teacher, developed Condoleezza's passion for piano and exposed her to the fine arts. From both, Rice learned the value of faith in the face of hardship and the importance of giving back to the community. Her parents' fierce unwillingness to set limits propelled her to the venerable halls of Stanford University, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become the university's secon

This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl--and a young woman--trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community that made all the difference. Condoleezza Rice has excelled as a diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist. Her achievements run the gamut from helping to oversee the collapse of communism in Europe and the decline of the Soviet Union, to working to protect the country in the aftermath of 9-11, to becoming only the second woman--and the first black woman ever--to serve as Secretary of State. But until she was 25 she never learned to swim, because when she was a little girl in Birmingham, Alabama, Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor decided he'd rather shut down the city's pools than give black citizens access. Throughout the 1950's, Birmingham's black middle class largely succeeded in insulating their children from the most corrosive effects of racism, providing multiple support systems to ensure the next generation would live better than the last. But by 1963, Birmingham had become an environment where blacks were expected to keep their head down and do what they were told--or face violent consequences. That spring two bombs exploded in Rice's neighborhood amid a series of chilling Klu Klux Klan attacks. Months later, four young girls lost their lives in a particularly vicious bombing. So how was Rice able to achieve what she ultimately did? Her father, John, a minister and educator, instilled a love of sports and politics. Her mother, a teacher, developed Condoleezza's passion for piano and exposed her to the fine arts. From both, Rice learned the value of faith in the face of hardship and the importance of giving back to the community. Her parents' fierce unwillingness to set limits propelled her to the venerable halls of Stanford University, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become the university's secon
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This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl--and a young woman--trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community that made all the difference. Condoleezza Rice has excelled as a diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist. Her achievements run the gamut from helping to oversee the collapse of communism in Europe and the decline of the Soviet Union, to working to protect the country in the aftermath of 9-11, to becoming only the second woman--and the first black woman ever--to serve as Secretary of State. But until she was 25 she never learned to swim, because when she was a little girl in Birmingham, Alabama, Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor decided he'd rather shut down the city's pools than give black citizens access. Throughout the 1950's, Birmingham's black middle class largely succeeded in insulating their children from the most corrosive effects of racism, providing multiple support systems to ensure the next generation would live better than the last. But by 1963, Birmingham had become an environment where blacks were expected to keep their head down and do what they were told--or face violent consequences. That spring two bombs exploded in Rice's neighborhood amid a series of chilling Klu Klux Klan attacks. Months later, four young girls lost their lives in a particularly vicious bombing. So how was Rice able to achieve what she ultimately did? Her father, John, a minister and educator, instilled a love of sports and politics. Her mother, a teacher, developed Condoleezza's passion for piano and exposed her to the fine arts. From both, Rice learned the value of faith in the face of hardship and the importance of giving back to the community. Her parents' fierce unwillingness to set limits propelled her to the venerable halls of Stanford University, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become the university's secon

Language:

English

Length:

8h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:17


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:45


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:06


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

01:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:39


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:31


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:03


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:24


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:33


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:09


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:38


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:58


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:14


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:19


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:14


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:20


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:59


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:38


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:02


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:23


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:20


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:14


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:58


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:37


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:49


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:15


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:15


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:02


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:52


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:53


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:47


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:44


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:43


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:12


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:35


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:19


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:35


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:33


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:55


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:07


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:12


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:07


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:34


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:58


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:53


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:57


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:38


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:04


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:32


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:00


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:25


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:12


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:06


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:23


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:59


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

02:57


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

00:37