1940-1949


August 10, 1947 — The Daily Plainsman

+++++“A recent survey by the National Association of Women Lawyers shows there are 50 women on the bench in the United States.”


August 20, 1950 — Terre Haute Tribune

+++++“Negro Hopes for U.N. Post; Chicago Woman Lawyer Calls it ‘One Real Road to Peace'”

+++++“Edith Sampson, Negro lawyer who may become a member of the American delegation to the United Nations, said today that the U.N. offers ‘the one real road to peace.’
+++++Miss Sampson said in an interview that she is ‘thrilled’ by reports that President Truman will appoint her a delegate to the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York next month.
+++++But she said she has received no official notice of the appointment.
+++++‘As far as I know, it’s in the rumor stage,’ she said. ‘And of course if it does come through, it would have to be confirmed by the Senate.’
+++++Miss Sampson said she would be ‘only too glad to serve.’
+++++Reports of her impending appointment have stressed that appointment of a Negro would tend to counteract soviet propaganda about racial discrimination in the U.S.
+++++‘I would be glad to refute such propaganda,’ she said. ‘There are pitfalls for our race in this country, of course,’ she said, ‘but they are not as bad as the Kremlin would like to picture them.’
+++++She said appointment of a Negro to the General Assembly would be important ‘only if the Negro could make a definite contribution to U.N. aims and ideals.’
+++++Miss Sampson’s background for the job would be a wide one. She is president of the World Town Hall Seminar, an educational group that conducts radio discussions.
+++++She was a member of the town hall panel that toured the Far East last year. . .
+++++In 1947, Miss Sampson became the first Negro woman ever appointed assistant state’s attorney in Cook county, which includes Chicago.
+++++She was the first woman of any race to receive a Master of Laws degree from Loyola University here.
+++++After passing the bar examination she became a juvenile court referee. Later, she hung up her shingle on Chicago’s South Side, and married Joseph Clayton, a Negro criminal lawyer.
+++++She was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1934.
+++++In recent years she has converted her law office to a sort of legal clinic, staffed by young lawyers, with the goal of salvaging juvenile delinquents of the South Side slums.”


August 25, 1950 — The Paris News (Paris, Texas)

+++++“A very good thing has been done by the State Department and our president in naming a woman lawyer, a Negro of proved ability, as a member of our delegation to the United Nations general assembly.  This is recognition which any citizen would be proud to achieve, and I hope Mrs. Sampson is happy in her appointment.  It is an important appointment to all of us, however; not only because it will mean something to her race, but because this action by our government will speak louder than words in refuting some of the Soviet charges so frequently made against us.  I welcome Mrs. Sampson among us as a colleague for herself, but also because she can prove that opportunity is open to all in our country, on an increasingly non-discriminatory basis.”


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