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The First Black U.S. Delegate Appointed To The United Nations Edith Sampson Was A Member of Zeta Phi Beta

Did you know that Edith Sampson, the first woman to receive a law degree from Loyola University was a member of Zeta Phi Beta? Sampson was a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Sampson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied at the New York School of Social Work before being convinced by one of her instructors to become an attorney. Her law firm served black communities on the South Side of Chicago. She also served as a probation officer before being appointed an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County.

In 1950, Sampson became the first African American delegate to the United Nations. She was a member of the UN’s Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee,and lobbied for advancements in social welfare. She was reappointed to the UN in 1952, and served until 1953.

In 1961, she became the first Black U.S. representative to NATO.

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