Black History Month
Violette Neatley Anderson (1882-1937)
Violette Neatley Anderson was the first female African-American law school graduate in the state of Illinois. On January 29, 1926, she became the first African-American woman to practice law at the United States Supreme Court.
Anderson was born on July 16, 1882 in London, England to Richard and Marie Neatley. The family immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago, Illinois when Anderson was a young child. She graduated from a Chicago high school in 1899, furthering her education at the Chicago Athenaeum and the Chicago Seminar of Sciences.
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