Today in Hostory: In 1950 the First Black Was Appointed to the UN

Edith Sampson

Edith Sampson was an American lawyer and judge, and the first Black U.S. delegate appointed to the United Nations.

As a result of a Town Meeting tour and her other public speaking, President Truman appointed Sampson as an alternate U.S. delegate to the United Nations in August 1950, making her the first African-American to officially represent the United States at the UN.

She was a member of the UN’s Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee, where she lobbied for continued support of work in social welfare. She also presented a resolution pressuring the Soviet Union to repatriate the remainder of its Prisoners of War from World War II


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