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The Honorable Horace G. Dawson

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Foreign Ambassador

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
We Don't Mess Around

Birthplace

Born:
1/30/1926
Birth Location:
Augusta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Foreign Ambassador

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
We Don't Mess Around

Birthplace

Born:
1/30/1926
Birth Location:
Augusta
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Biography

Former ambassador Horace G. Dawson, Jr. was born in Augusta, Georgia, on January 30, 1926. After graduation from high school, Dawson attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania for two years before being drafted into the U.S. Army, serving a two-year tour of duty in Europe and the Philippines. Dawson then returned to Lincoln University to finish his studies, earning a B.A. in English in 1949. Dawson went on to study English and comparative literature at Columbia University and received his M.A. the following year.

Dawson began his career as an English teacher at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he remained three years after earning his M.A. He then went on to teach at North Carolina Central University, where he worked as an associate professor of English and director of public relations. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1961.

In 1962, Dawson entered the Foreign Service, working as a cultural affairs officer in Uganda and Nigeria, and then as the United States Information Agency Director in Liberia. From 1973 to 1977, Dawson held a prominent position as the director of all American information and cultural programs in Africa. Subsequently, Dawson became the counselor of embassy for public affairs and the director of American information and cultural programs in the Philippines, where he remained until 1979. That year, he was named ambassador to Botswana by President Jimmy Carter. As ambassador, he worked to end apartheid in South Africa. Returning to the United States in 1983, Dawson remained with the State Department until his retirement in 1989. He then joined the faculty at Howard University and was appointed director of the public affairs program. In 1993, Dawson established the International Affairs Center at Howard University, and in 1997 became the director of that program as well.
Dawson is a member of the Peace Corps Advisory Board, chairman of the Selection Committee for the Franklin H. Williams Memorial Internship Program of the Council on Foreign Relations, and recently ended his term as chairman of the Association of Black American Ambassadors. Listed in Who's Who in America, Dawson has written extensively on the topics of mass media and international affairs. He is married to Lula Cole Dawson, a sociologist and employment specialist. They have two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Horace G. Dawson narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Horace G. Dawson narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Slating of Horace G. Dawson's interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Horace G. Dawson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Horace G. Dawson describes his family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Horace G. Dawson describes his father, Horace Greeley Dawson, Sr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Horace G. Dawson describes his mother, Mary Bell Smith Dawson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Horace G. Dawson describes his mother's education and personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Horace G. Dawson talks about his grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Horace G. Dawson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Augusta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Horace G. Dawson remembers delivering the "Pittsburgh Courier" as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Horace G. Dawson recalls his involvement with the Boy Scouts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Horace G. Dawson shares his memories of elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Horace G. Dawson describes his favorite subjects in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Horace G. Dawson recalls his school activities and favorite teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Horace G. Dawson describes his cousin, Louis Lomax
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Horace G. Dawson describes attending Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Horace G. Dawson describes serving in World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Horace G. Dawson recalls his professors at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Horace G. Dawson recalls his professors at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Horace G. Dawson recalls African students at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Horace G. Dawson talks about attending graduate school at Columbia University in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Horace G. Dawson talks about Communism in 1950
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Horace G. Dawson describes teaching at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Horace G. Dawson describes meeting his wife, HistoryMaker Lula Cole Dawson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Horace G. Dawson talks about Douglas Elaine Moore and early sit-ins
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Horace G. Dawson describes Edward R. Murrow's interest in his Ph.D dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Horace G. Dawson recalls meeting Edward R. Murrow
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Horace G. Dawson recalls being a diplomat in Uganda
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Horace G. Dawson describes Ugandan President Milton Obote
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Horace G. Dawson describes Ugandan politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Horace G. Dawson describes being the Cultural Affairs Officer in Nigeria
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Horace G. Dawson describes Nigerian President Nnamdi Azikiwe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Horace G. Dawson describes being the Public Affairs Officer in Liberia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Horace G. Dawson recalls serving in Liberia from 1973 to 1976
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Horace G. Dawson recalls being the Minister of Information and Culture in the Philippines
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Horace G. Dawson describes race relations between blacks and Filipinos
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Horace G. Dawson describes being the Ambassador to Botswana from 1979 to 1983
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Horace G. Dawson talks about apartheid in South Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Horace G. Dawson talks about working at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Horace G. Dawson talks about how foreigners view African Americans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Horace G. Dawson talks about representing the Unites States government abroad
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Horace G. Dawson describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Horace G. Dawson reflects upon his legacy