Condoleezza Rice was born on November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama. She has often said that to get ahead she had to be "twice as good" and her childhood chiseled her strong determination and self-respect. Her parents taught her that education provided armor against segregation and prejudice. As the civil rights movement reached her town, where racism ran out of control, Ms. Rice says she felt insulted from the confusion all around her.
Ms. Rice worked her way to college by the age of 15. Then, she graduated at 19 from the University of Denver with a degree in political science.…
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