‘Unfathomable’ Ida Platt

Ida Platt became the first black woman licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois. The year was 1894. When Violette Anderson joined the Illinois bar 26 years later, the press proclaimed Anderson the state’s first black woman lawyer, oblivious to Platt’s feat. Behind this neglect lies a revealing story about identity and race.After completing high school at age 16, Platt took a …

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