The American Diplomat (2022)

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The American Diplomat explores the lives and legacies of three African American ambassadors — Edward Dudley, Terence Todman and Carl Rowan — who pushed past historical and institutional racial barriers to reach high-ranking appointments in the Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. At the height of the civil rights movement in the United States, the three men were asked to represent the best of American ideals abroad while facing discrimination at home. Oft reputed as “pale, male and Yale,” the U.S. State Department fiercely maintained and cultivated the Foreign Service’s elitist character and was one of the last federal agencies to desegregate. Through rare archival footage, in-depth oral histories and interviews with family members, colleagues and diplomats, the film paints a portrait of three men who left a lasting impact on the content and character of the Foreign Service and changed American diplomacy forever.


Cast and Crew:


Leola Calzolai-Stewart


Ken Chowder


Andre Braugher, Edward R. Dudley, Terence Todman, Carl Rowan, Adriane Lentz-Smith, Robeson Taj Frazier, Mary Dudziak, Carol Anderson, Edward Dudley Jr., Brenda Gayle Plummer, Michael Krenn, Doris Todman, James Dandridge, John F. Kennedy, Jeffrey Rowan, Aurelia Brazeal, Irvin Hicks Jr.,


Kiley Kraskouskas, Rachell Shapiro

Release Info:

Release Date: February 15, 2022 (USA) | Length: 53 min | Genre: Biography, History | MPAA Rating: TV-PG | Note(s): S34.E05 of American Experience.


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