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Two-Decade Quest Ends with Creation of Alexander Chair
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The chairholder will be devoted to the study of civil rights and race relations — a fitting tribute since no couple in Pennsylvania exerted more of an impact on the civil rights movement than the Alexanders.

Sadie T.M. Alexander was the first African American in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in economics. She entered the private practice of law with her husband following her graduation from Penn Law School, and hence dedicated her career to securing the rights of people underrepresented due to race or gender. In 1946, President Truman appointed her to the President's Committee on Civil Rights.

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