Condoleezza Rice

official photo of Condoleezza Rice

Place of Birth: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 14, 1954

Ethnicity: African-American, some English

Condoleezza Rice is an American diplomat and political scientist.

She served as Provost of Stanford University, from 1993 to 1999, the 20th National Security Advisor, from January 20, 2001 to January 26, 2005, and the 66th United States Secretary of State, from January 26, 2005 to January 20, 2009. She is the first African-American woman, and the second African-American, to become Secretary of State (she was appointed by president George W. Bush).

Condoleezza is the daughter of Angelena (Ray), a high school science, music, and oratory teacher, and John Wesley Rice, Jr., a Presbyterian minister.

Her name, Condoleezza, derives from the music-related term “con dolcezza”, which in Italian means “with sweetness”.

Condoleezza’s paternal grandfather was John Wesley Rice (the son of John Wesley Rice and Julia Head). Condoleezza’s grandfather John was born in Alabama. Julia was believed to be the daughter of Burr Woodward Head, a white plantation owner, who had English ancestry, and of his black slave.

Condoleezza’s paternal grandmother was Theresa Hardnett (the daughter of Sylvester Hardnett and Cora). Theresa was born in Louisiana.

Condoleezza’s maternal grandfather was Albert Robinson Ray III (the son of Albert Robinson Ray and Angeline Davie). Condoleezza’s grandfather Albert was born in Alabama.

Condoleezza’s maternal grandmother was Mattie Lula Parham (the daughter of Walter Parham and Emma). Mattie was born in Alabama.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Condoleezza’s genetic ancestry is:

*51% African
*40% European
*9% Asian

Sources: Genealogy of Condoleezza Rice –

Genealogy of Condoleezza Rice (focusing on her mother’s side) –

8 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    “My grandfather Albert Robinson Ray III was one of six siblings, extremely fair-skinned and possibly the product of a white father and black mother. His sister Nancy had light eyes and auburn hair. There was also apparently an Italian branch of the family on his mother’s side, memorialized in the names of successive generations. There are several Altos; my mother and her grandmother were named Angelena; my aunt was named Genoa (though, as southerners, we call her “Gen-OH-a”); my cousin is Lativia; and I am Condoleezza, all attesting to that part of our heritage. ”

    “My maternal grandmother, Mattie Lula Parrom, had rich-brown skin and very high cheekbones, exposing American Indian blood that was obvious, if ill defined”

    [Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me]

  2. passingtime85 says:

    Why haven’t they banned you yet.

  3. Multiethnicchick says:

    How is this African and some English. Her DNA test states that she’s strongly European and a bit Asian as well.

  4. andrew says:

    Her name, Condoleezza, derives from the music-related term “con dolcezza”, which in Italian means, “with sweetness”. That is because Condoleeza’s mother, Angelena Ray, was a high school science, music, and oratory teacher.

  5. Capricious says:

    Some English


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