Violette Neatley Anderson

Black History Month Little Known Fact

Violette Neatley Anderson achieved a number of notable firsts for both African-Americans and women in the legal world. Chief among her achievements, she became the first African-American woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the first woman and first African-American to be named assistant prosecutor in Chicago. Violette Anderson was also influenced the Bankhead-Jones act, which gave poor farmers a pathway and financial assistance.