Obit for Sybil Dedmond '50, First African-American Woman to Attain Tenure at American Law School
From the Pensacola News-Journal:
Sybil Marie Jones Dedmond, 91, was born on December 17, 1921 to Scott C. and Corinne H. Jones. At age 12, Rev. E.S. Shirley confirmed her at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church.
On Sunday, March 24 2013, the Lord in His infinite wisdom, commissioned the angels to escort our beloved Sybil Dedmond into His presence.
Mrs. Dedmond graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1939. She received an undergraduate degree from Howard University in 1944 and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1950.
In 1951, she became the first black woman to teach full time and attain tenure in an American law school, at North Carolina Central University. She taught criminal, and real estate property law. She was also actively involved in the community of black lawyers and she joined pre-oral arguments for some landmark civil rights cases of the 1950s, most notably Brown v. Board of Education. She left North Carolina Central University in 1964 to return to her hometown of Pensacola, Florida to join her husband in private practice. After some years in private practice and service as a county government administrator, she returned to teaching as a professor at Pensacola Junior College where she remained until she retired in 1994.
She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and Pensacola Chapter of Links, Inc.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Scott C. and Corinne H. Jones: her husband Nathaniel Dedmond,; her brother, Scott C. Jones, Jr.; her sisters Corinne Harvey Jones White, Rita Ekia Jones and her niece Rita Brent Hunter.
She is survived by a devoted son , Nathaniel (Renetta) Dedmond, of Pensacola, Florida a nephew William (Gloria) Brent III, of Pensacola, Florida and two great nieces, Margo Hunter Jordan of Raleigh, NC, and Kimberly (Ray) Hunter Cornell of Broadway, NC and a host of other relatives and friends.