DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On this day
August 24 in 1950,
President Harry Truman appointed Chicago Atty. Edith Sampson an alternate delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations, making her the first African-American woman to serve as representative to the U.N. In her capacity as representative, she worked on issues of land reform, reparation of prisoners and repatriation of Greek children.
Sampson was born into tough economic times in a family of eight children. Despite leaving school at age 14 to work in a fish market to help support her struggling family, Sampson eventually finished high school and attended the New York School of Social Work. Sampson later attended the John Marshall Law School, earning her J.D., and then attended Loyola University School of Law where she earned her Master of Laws degree.