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To mark African American History Month, the U.S. Department of State will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss the significant contributions African American diplomats have made to the advancement of U.S. foreign policy. We will highlight the history of African American diplomats and the careers of some notable practitioners. We will also discuss the foreign policy role and accomplishments of African Americans beginning with the first African American diplomat Ebenezer Bassett in the mid-19th century, to the accomplishments of current diplomats. 

Joining the hangout will be: 
-Dr. Carlton McLellan, Senior Fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) where he leads the Bunche Legacy Project on the contributions of African Americans to U.S. diplomacy and foreign affairs.

-Christopher Teal, Author of the book Hero of Hispaniola: America’s First Black Diplomat, Ebenezer D. Bassett and Consul General of U.S. Consulate Nogales

-Monty McGee, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State. 

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