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Edith Sampson (1898-1979) was the first black US delegate appointed to the United Nations. She was also an attorney, having completed Law School with a special dean’s commendation, all while working full-time as a social worker.

In 1924 she opened a law office that served the African-American community of Chicago. In 1943 she became a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers, one of the first WOC to do so. She was elected by President Truman to serve on the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee of the UN in 1950, and 11 years later she became the USA’s first black representative for NATO.

Representation matters: my six favourite black female fictional lawyers.

  • Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
  • Maxine Shaw (Living Single)
  • Joan Clayton (Girlfriends)
  • Jessica Pearson (Suits)
  • Olivia Pope (Scandal)
  • Annalise Keating (How to Get Away With Murder)
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Juanita Jackson Mitchell (1913-1992) was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law, and to practice law in the state. She achieved this in 1950, almost twenty years after she had also obtained a degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

She travelled extensively through the United States, holding talks and courses in race relations. She was also responsible for organizing several programmes for the Youth and College Division of the NAACP. In 1942, she directed the “Register and Vote” campaign in Maryland, which resulted in 11000 more voter registrations.

i feel bad for all of us minorities, especially for the ones living in the south. who’ve already been dealing with enough racism and as for us who live in texas, with a legal open gun carry law , please just stay safe and aware of your surroundings at all times. everybody stay aware and conscious, these white oppressors are gonna get cocky and big headed and feel what they do has no consequence so just stay aware , stay educated , and overall stay safe..pls and as far as black/latino politicians, lawyers, business owners, etc etc and other minorities as well pls come together and help at this time , come together and try to fight for better opportunities for us , that’s all we can do at this point is come together and become so strong that they have no choice but to respect us and our demands , not saying it’s gonna be easy or quick but we can do this y'all ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼

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It’s a lot easier to pull yourself up by your boot-straps Mr. Man, if you already know how to fly.

WOC Teen Superhero Parade Presents: Raquel Ervin a.k.a. Rocket and Darnice a.k.a. Rocket II

Raquel Ervin grew up in a poor neighborhood, but was always very social-aware and wanted to become a writer to improve the world. She also had a tendency of letting her more selfish friends talk her into stupid ideas. Like breaking into the house of a rich black Republican lawyer, Augustus Freeman IV. Who turned out to have superpowers. Raquel confronted him and convinced he should use these powers to set up a positive example for the community. Augustus became a superhero named Icon and Raquel used his technology to become his partner, Rocket.

When Raquel’s boyfriend got her pregnant, she decided to retire and passed the mantle of Rocket to her friend, Darnice. However, she has later returned to the role after Darnice was unable to continue as a result of the battle with a supervillain Oblivion.

Recommended Readings:

Icon #1-42 – The main book, by many considered Dwayne McDuffie’s magnum opus. Despite the name, Rocket is the real protagonist, something the creator has admitted.

Being a part of McDuffie’s Dakotaverse, the book has crossed over with other titles, like Static, Blood Syndicate, Hardware or Shadow Cabinet and participated in crossovers like Shadow War, Milestone Forever or Long Hot Summer. As a part of crossover with DC Universe, World’s Collide, Rocket has also show up in issues of Steel, Superboy Superman and Justice League tieing-in to the event.

Other Media:

Young Justice – Rocket joins the Team in the first season finale, following Icon’s acceptance into Justice League. After the time-skip she is a full-fledged member of the League, but has a smaller role.