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Rice Says Schooling was Key to Her Success

Monday, 10 September 2001 12:00 AM

The magazine's cover story, published Sunday, said Rice's parents, the Rev. John W. Rice Jr. and Angelena Rice, came from families that used schooling as the vehicle to improve their situation.

"My family is third-generation college-educated," Rice told the magazine. "I should've gotten to where I am," she said, emphasizing "should've."

Rice, 46, was a tenured professor in political science at Stanford University. She served for six years as the Stanford provost, or chief budget officer. She also did a stint as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

According to her biography posted on the Hoover Web site, she graduated from the University of Denver at the age of 19. She earned a master's degree at the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate at the University of Denver. All three degrees are in political science.

Rice, who is known to her friends as "Condi," is descended from white slave owners and black slaves on both sides of her family, according to the Post article by Dale Russakoff, a Post national news reporter.

Russakoff, in the article, said she and Rice grew up in segregated Birmingham, Ala., in the predominantly white suburb of Mountain Brook. Russakoff, who is white, said she did not know Rice in their childhood years.

Russakoff said she saw the white South change as whites were "forced into proximity with black people. … From my all-white, staunchly segregationist suburb, I viewed black Birmingham as helpless without the Civil Rights Act."

The article concludes by giving Rice's contrary view.

"It wasn't. … The legal changes made a tremendous difference, but not in the absence of people who were already prepared to take advantage of them, and therefore took full advantage of them. You can't write them out of the story," Rice said.

Rice was one of the guests Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" program. She was asked about her growing prominence and influence in the Bush White House, perhaps even eclipsing Secretary of State Colin Powell.

She challenged this characterization, saying of Powell, "He is the chief voice on foreign policy."

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