She was the first black woman admitted to the bar association in both Alabama and Alaska, she was a defender of the poor and underprivileged.
She received her law degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated cum laude.
She conducted one of the first equal pay cases for female college professors, and at age of 71 was still putting in 12 hour days at her office.
Her son Chris became a world-renowned body builder and was the winner of the IFBB Mr. Olympia contest in 1964.
Like Elena Kagan, one of the first females appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, she inspired women to achieve more and worked tirelessly to represent their rights.