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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Valerie Jarrett comes from a family more illustrious than Barr's and Trump's combined

Neither Trump nor Barr are worthy to be in the same room with Valerie Jarrett:

"Valerie Jarrett comes from one of the most prominent African-American families in American history," O'Donnell said. It was also a family of "firsts." 

Jarrett's great-grandfather Robert Robinson Taylor is believed to be the first African-American graduate of MIT and the country's first accredited African-American architect. His son, Robert Rochon Taylor, was a housing activist who became the first African-American chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority. 

Jarrett's mother, Barbara Taylor Bowman, is an early childhood education expert for whom a Chicago street is named. Bowman "is an incredibly accomplished educator," explains producer Henry Schuster. "She's worked with some of the most prominent developmental psychologists in the world." 

Jarrett's father, Dr. James Bowman, Jr., was a groundbreaking pathologist and geneticist. In her interview, Jarrett describes hearing about his first day as a resident at what was then called St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, where he was told that he couldn't enter the front door because of the color of his skin. He decided it was time to break the rules."

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