The Tavis Smiley Show

Season 2008 Episode 06.03.08

Bertie Bowman

Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Jun 03, 2008 on PBS
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Bertie Bowman
Bertie Bowman rose from farmer's son in the Jim Crow South to entrepreneur, with a stop in between as the longest serving African American on the U.S. Capitol Hill staff. Starting in what was essentially a janitorial position, he went on to work for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, first as clerk and retiring as hearing coordinator. Bowman is now president of his own company and a Senate Federal Credit Union board member. The South Carolina native writes about his journey in his autobiography, Step by Step.moreless

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