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Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Edith S. Sampson

Edith S. Sampson

April 12, 1957, Regional Conference of the Links, Kansas City, Missouri

(p.72) Edith S. Sampson
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

Born on October 13, 1901, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Edith Spurlock Sampson graduated from Peabody High School before moving to New York City where she enrolled at the New York School of Social Work while working for Associated Charities. She moved to Chicago in 1922, graduating from John Marshall Law School first in her class three years later. In 1927, she became the first woman to earn a Masters Degree in Law from Loyola University and she passed the bar exam that same year. She was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and became assistant state’s attorney for Cook County in 1947. On April 12, 1957, she spoke at the Regional Conference of the Links in Kansas City, Missouri. This chapter includes Sampson’s speech, in which she talked about segregation and her experience of having been vilified by segregationists. Sampson also argued that Negroes in America successed because they kept the dream of a democratic freedom alive.

Keywords:   speech, Edith Spurlock Sampson, Regional Conference of the Links, Kansas City, Missouri, segregation, Negroes, America

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