Oral history interview with Constance Baker Motley, 1978


Motley, Constance Baker, 1921-2005 (Interviewee)
Gellhorn, Kitty (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Constance Baker Motley, 1978
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Constance Baker Motley, 1978
West Indian family background; childhood in New Haven; activities with New Haven Community Council, 1936; work with National Youth Administration, 1939; education at Fisk, New York University; Columbia Law School, 1944-46; discrimination and affirmative action in education; impact of Plessey, Brown, and Bakke cases; NAACP Legal Defense Fund work, 1945-65; restrictive covenant cases, 1948; James Mer edith, 1961; judicial resistance to desegregation rulings; 1965 Selma to Montgomery march; march on Washington; right-to-counsel, freedom rider movement, sit-in cases; Civil Rights Act of 1964; Swain case on jury selection; urban renewal and fair housing programs in the courts; issues addressed as New York State Senator, 1964-65; Manhattan borough presidency, 1965-66, and work with New York, N.Y. redevelopment programs, Morningside Urban Renewal conflict, community dispute mediations; United States District Court Judge, New York, 1966- ; the United States court system and effects of Speedy Trial act; present direction of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; impressions of Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Wagner, Jr. and others
Collection Name
Individual interviews oral history collection
African American judges; African American women; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Civil rights; African Americans--Segregation; Practice of law; Judicial process; New York (N.Y.) Politics and government 1951-; New York (State) Politics and government 1951-; Motley, Constance Baker, 1921-; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
oral histories
Physical Description
801 pages
Note (Biographical)
Judge; interviewee married Joel Motley
Note (Funding)
Digital audio reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010
Interviewed by Kitty Gellhorn
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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