Black History Month Spotlight: Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

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Throughout the month of February, we will shine a spotlight on icons of Black History that have paved the way for us today. Born on January 2, 1898, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander set the tone for how women operate today. Here are quick facts about her achievements!

  • She was the first woman to receive a Ph. D in economics in the United States and
  • The first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
  • Credited with being the first African American to hold both a Ph. D and J.D degree.
  • She was the first woman to serve as secretary of The National Bar Association.
    First national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (1919 – 1923).
  • In 1946 she was appointed to the President’s Committee on Civil Rights established by Harry S. Truman.
  • She was the first African American woman appointed for Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Pennsylvania.

Thank you for all your tireless work in pushing the advancement of black people and Black women forward!

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