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Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, attorney and economist, 1898-1989
Alexander was the first Black person in the nation to earn a Ph.D. in economics, in 1921. She also earned a law degree and became the first Black woman to pass the Pennsylvania bar. US Presidents took notice. In 1947, Harry Truman named her to his Committee on Civil Rights, whose report became a blueprint for the civil rights movement. Some 30 years later, Jimmy Carter appointed her chair of the White House Conference on Aging.
“While I’m here, while for some reason there’s a TV camera on me, I might as well use it to the best of my ability.”
It’s so … beautiful