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