Little Known Black History Fact: Edith Sampson

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  • Edith Sampson was the first black person appointed to the United Nations. She was a Pittsburgh native who found her calling in social work. Sampson was forced to leave school at age 14 to work and support her family but later graduated from college. She was encouraged to attend law school and would graduate number one in her class at John Marshall Law School in 1925. Unfortunately, she did not pass the bar exam the first time around.

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