Black History Month: Celebrating Those Who Came Before Us

  • Jane Bolin (1908 - 2007) 

    Jane Bolin

    A trailblazer in law, Jane Bolin was the first Black woman to attend Yale Law School in 1931.  She was also the first Black woman to join the New York City Bar Association.  She became the first African American female judge in the United States in 1939 for a ten-year term.  She was reinstated as judge for three more 10-year terms.  Throughout her career she worked with private employers to hire people based on their skills, as opposed to discriminating against them due to race.   She served on the boards of the NAACP, Child Welfare League of American, New York Urban League, and the Neighborhood Children’s Center.


  • February 17, 2021

  • Source:  O The Oprah Magazine,, The Wonder Woman Project and Essence