Saturday, April 28, 2012

On April 28

On this day in ...
... 1922 (90 years ago today), years ago today, a daughter, Jewel Stradford, was born in Chicago to a mother who was an artist and a father who argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and helped found the National Bar Association, the oldest U.S. organization of African-American lawyers and judges. Following undergraduate studies at Oberlin College, where she earned a degree in political science, in 1946 the daughter became the 1st African-American woman to graduate from the University of Chicago Law School. She then embarked on an illustrious career as an attorney, both in the private and public sectors. From 1973 to 1975, the lifelong Republican known through marriage as Jewel Lafontant (above right), she served as the 1st woman Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. (photo credit) Other accomplishments included: cofounding CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality (prior post); serving as an officer in the NAACP and ACLU; Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of Refugee Affairs in the U.S. State Department; U.N. delegate; and service on the boards of many for-profit corporations and nonprofit organizations. Jewel Lafontant-Mankarious, as she was ultimately known, died from breast cancer in 1997, at age 75.

(Prior April 28 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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