NEW YORK-Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook was sworn in as the first African American to be the White House Ambassador For Religious Freedom.

The New York Daily News reports:

She was the first woman to serve as a chaplain for the NYPD, a position she has held since 1990. After 9/11, she helped traumatized police officers and worked with the city’s Muslim leaders.

Johnson Cook said passion for learning about other religions and cultures came from her mother, a teacher at Public School 194 in the Bronx, who teamed up with Jewish teachers to improve education.

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