Sadie Chandler-Cole was a music and vocal teacher who also worked as a social worker. She was the daughter of Abraham and Sarah Chandler. Her father was one of the founding members of the Mound Street Baptist Church and served as a conductor of the Underground Railroad.
After completing her primary education, Chandler-Cole attended Fisk University where she trained with the Fisk Jubilee Singers with who she traveled with for several years.
Chandler-Cole was not the one to stand on the sideline and watch when it came to racial restrictions. She was the first person to have removed an objectionable sign, “Negroes not wanted.” This was many years before the activities of the NAACP. Once being refused a glass of buttermilk at a lunch stand and later told she could purchase a 5 cent glass for 50 cents, Chandler-Cole began to break things at the stand. The police were called and when they arrived the operator of the stand was required to give Chandler-Cole her buttermilk free of charge.
She married, Thomas A Cole, (the son of James H Cole, a wealthy real estate holder), and the couple eventually relocated to Detroit, Michigan. Sandie Chandler-Cole died in 1941 at the age of 76.