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February 08, 2002

Philadelphia "Legend of the Bar" Featured on ABA Web Site as Part of Black History Month

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, profiled as one of The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine's Legends of the Bar in the special commemorative edition, will be profiled on the American Bar Association's Web site in February as part of Black History Month.

Alexander, a pioneering civil rights advocate who also blazed trails for women in the law, was born in Philadelphia in 1898. She was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate degree in Economics (University of Pennsylvania, 1921) and the first to graduate from Penn's Law School and be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar (1927).

Alexander helped found the National Bar Association while still in law school and served as its secretary for many years. She was named to President Truman's Committee on Human Rights in 1947, and later helped form the Human Relations Commission in Philadelphia. She served as a member from 1952 to 1968 and chaired the commission for many years. Her death in 1989 brought to a close a long career of leadership in public affairs.

The profile can be seen on the ABA's Web site.

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