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This Day in Black History: Aug. 24, 1950

This Day in Black History: Aug. 24, 1950

Distinguished lawyer and judge Edith Sampson became first Black delegate appointed to the United Nations on Aug. 24, 1950.

Published August 24, 2012

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On Aug. 24, 1950, President Harry S. Truman appointed Edith Sampson to the United Nations, marking the first time a Black woman was named United States delegate to the global council.

A distinguished lawyer and judge from Chicago, Sampson was an ardent supporter of women's rights and civil rights and was affiliated with many organizations that furthered those causes, including the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women.

In 1962, she was elected to serve as judge on the Chicago Municipal Court, where she served until 1978. She passed away on Oct. 8, 1979, at 77 years old.

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Written by Britt Middleton

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