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How Much Do You Know About African-American Women’s Legal History?

Monday, February 10, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


You probably have heard of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, but there is so much more to African-American Women’s Legal History.  In honor of Black History Month, come join us for a fun and informative lunchtime program where you will learn about the roles African-American women have played in U.S. legal history and how U.S. law specifically affected African-American women.  Come hear about

  • Why in 1614 Massachusetts reversed English common law so that a child inherited its status from the mother, rather than the father.
  • Lucy Terry Prince, a formerly enslaved woman who was the first woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • A 1656 court case that held that a daughter of an enslaved black woman and a white plantation owner was a freed woman and the legal changes that followed.
  • Constance Baker Motley, a key figure in the civil rights movement who became the first African-American woman federal judge in 1966.
  • When African-American marriages were first legally recognized in America and when African-American women were first legally allowed to vote in America.
  • Charlotte Ray, who in the 1870s became the first African-American woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States.


Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):




Jenna Kim


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