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November 04, 1986

Edward J. Perkins was sworn in as U.S. ambassador to South Africa, saying he felt "good will" toward all the people of that country, but he vowed to carry with him America's "intolerance of racial apartness." "All Americans share the same goals," the black diplomat told a standing-room-only crowd at his swearing-in ceremony at the State Department. Perkins, 58, replaces Herman J. Nickel.

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