14 African American Game Changers That Started as Rhodes Scholars

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Cory Booker


The popular mayor of Newark not only has an impressive political resume, but he has an even more impressive academic history. After graduating from Stanford University with a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s degree in sociology, Booker earned a bachelor’s in modern history at Oxford in 1994 as a Rhodes Scholar. He continued his education at Yale Law school and graduated with a degree in 1997. All that preparation paid off. The next year, he became Newark city councilman and was eventually elected mayor in 2006.

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