Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander - April 2007

Question

Our children are inundated with negative images from the past and present. This is particularly true of young African American girls. Why not give information about positive role models like Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander? I know that is not your focus?

-- Grandville Moyers, DeKalb, Illinois

Answer

Sadie Alexander

A native Philadelphian and life-long champion of civil rights and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race or gender, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was a leader in the legal, political and civic arenas of her day. Among her many "firsts" was her place as the first African-American woman to enroll in the School of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and earn the Julis doctor degree. She was also a wife and mother and an unlikely comic book hero.

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

April 2007 response from Almanac, University of Pennsylvania