VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT: PATRICIA ROBERTS HARRISadmin2021-02-23T10:41:57-05:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Patricia Roberts Harris
May 31, 1924 – March 23, 1985
Attorney, professor of law and first female dean of the Howard University law school. First African-American woman to hold a U.S. ambassadorship (Luxembourg). First African American woman to serve in the United States Cabinet, and the first to enter the line of succession to the Presidency. Harris served under President Jimmy Carter as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (which was renamed the Secretary of Health and Human Services during her tenure)
Photo 1. Patricia Roberts Harris with Meet the Press host, Lawrence E. Spivak [Photo by Reni Newsphotos, Inc. Photo source: Courtesy Library of Congress, 1971]. Photo 2. With President Jimmy Carter, 1977.