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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will deliver remarks on the anniversaries of the Department of State’s Pickering, Rangel, Payne, and Foreign Affairs IT (FAIT) Fellowship Programs on Wednesday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m. in the George C. Marshall Conference Center at the Department of State.  The Secretary will be joined by Representative Donald Payne, Jr., Howard University President Wayne Frederick, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, Ambassador Thomas Pickering (Retired), Ambassador Sylvia Stanfield (Retired), Ambassador Mattie Sharpless (Retired), Ambassador Horace Dawson (Retired), and Ambassador Nancy Ely-Raphel (Retired).  The Secretary will also be joined virtually by Representative Charles Rangel (Retired).

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