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Angie Elizabeth Brooks[1] (August 24, 1928 – September 9, 2007) was a
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Liberian diplomat and jurist. She is notable for being the only African female
                                                                                                   President, 24th Session of the United
President of the United Nations General Assembly.[2] She was also the second                            Nations General Assembly
woman from any nation to head the U.N.[3]                                                      Preceded by            Emilio Arenales Catalán
In 1954 she became Liberia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, [2]               Succeeded by           Edvard Hambro
where much of her work involved the transformation of former colonial states into                                  Personal details
independent countries. [4] In 1969, she was chosen as the President of the                     Born                   August 24, 1928
General Assembly and took office in 1970.                                                                             Virginia, Liberia
                                                                                               Died                   September 9, 2007
She also served as Assistant Secretary of State of Liberia.[2][4] Her tenure as
                                                                                                                      Houston, Texas, USA
Permanent Representative ended in 1977, when she was appointed an Associate
                                                                                               Profession             Diplomat, attorney
Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia. Nominated by President Tolbert on 4
May and taking office two days later, she was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Liberia.[5]

The daughter of a Baptist minister and one of nine children, Brooks was raised by a widowed seamstress. [4] After a teenage
marriage and divorce[4] to Richard A. Henries (who later became Speaker of the Liberian House of Representatives), she
decided to seek a higher education. Brooks partially financed her studies by working as a dishwasher, laundress, a library
assistant, and nurse's aide. [4] In 1949, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from Shaw University in
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.[2] Three years later, she got a Bachelor of Law degree and a Master of Science degree in
political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison .[2] Brooks earned Doctor of Law degrees, from Shaw University
and Howard University in 1962 and 1967 respectively. [2] She also did graduate work in international law at the University
College Law School of the University of London in 1952 and 1953, [2][4] and obtained a Doctor of Civil Law degree from the
University of Liberia in 1964. [2]
Brooks previously served as Counsellor-at-law to the Supreme Court of Liberia in August 1953, and as Assistant Attorney-
General of Liberia from August 1953 to March 1958. [2] She was also a part-time Professor of Law at University of Liberia
from 1954 to 1958. [2]

Brooks was a member of the Eta Beta Omega international chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. [6]

Angie Brooks had two biological sons, Richard A. Henries II and Wynston Henries. In addition, she also a foster mother. [4]
After her divorce from Richard A. Henries I, she later married Isaac M Randolph.

She died on September 9, 2007 in Houston, Texas, USA. [7] Brooks received a state funeral in Liberia and was buried in her
birthplace of Virginia in Montserrado County.[8]

   1. ^ sometimes referred to as Angie Brooks Randolph
   2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j United Nations, "Miss Angie Brooks Elected President Of The Twenty-Fourth Session of the General Assembly
   3. ^ Jennifer S. Uglow et al., Northeastern Dictionary of Women's Biography
   4. ^ a b c d e f g "Everybody's Miss Brooks, Time, Friday, September 26, 1969    (subscription required)

   5. ^ "Angie takes her seat". [Monrovia] Sunday Express 1977-05-08: 1/4.
   6. ^ AKA International, "Historical Overview"   [dead link]
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   7. ^ Running Africa, "Memorial held for UN General Assembly's first ever female President"
   8. ^ The Executive Mansion, Liberia, "Funeral of Angie Brooks Randolph

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                    Preceded by                    President of the United Nations General Assembly                               Succeeded by
           Emilio Arenales Catalan                                             1969                                               Edvard Hambro

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