Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She became the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a PhD from an American university. She was the first African-American woman to be admitted and graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
About Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
Civil rights activist and attorney in the 20th century. She was the first woman to serve as secretary of the National Bar Association. She was appointed to the President's Committee on Civil Rights. She was a founding member of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Her parents were Aaron Albert Mossell II and Mary Louisa Tanner. Her siblings were Aaron Albert Mossell III and Elizabeth Mossell. She married Raymond Pace Alexander in 1923. They had two daughters Mary Elizabeth Alexander and Rae Pace Alexander.
Friends and colleagues
She was named by U.S. President Jimmy Carter to chair the decennial White House Conference on Aging in 1979.
She was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. She was also the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and served as the legal advisor for 35 years.