DENVER (CBS4) – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is well known for making statements with her jewelry. A collection of her brooches is coming to the Denver Art Museum for an exhibit on Sunday.

Albright also talked about being a former Secretary of State. She stresses “former” — which means she can tell you what she thinks.

Albright is known for not pulling her punches, and that reputation was on display when she sat down with CBS4’s Gloria Neal on Friday. She talked about the concerns of North Korea selling rocket technology to terrorists.

In her book “Read My Pins” Albright explained the meaning of the pins. The exhibit will be a chance to see the jewelry in person, along with the backstory.

The museum is especially excited because Albright grew up in Denver.

“Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” opens Sunday and continues through June 17 at the Denver Art Museum.

LINK: Denver Art Museum

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Albright was born in Czechoslovakia. Her family was driven out by Nazi storm troopers and then by communists and moved to Denver in 1948.

“Denver is where I grew up believing in the American dream,” she said in her speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 in Denver, an event she described as “a homecoming.”

In high school she won the Rocky Mountain Empire Award “for reciting, in alphabetical order, the 51 members of the United Nations.” Her father, Josef Korbelova, was the founding dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Albright attended Kent Denver School and held a summer job at the Denver Post where she met her former husband, Joseph Medill Patterson Albright.

She served as the first woman Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.


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