Oral history interview with Constance Baker Motley, 1978.
|Creator: ||Motley, Constance Baker, 1921-2005||Project: ||Individual interviews oral history collection. |
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|Phys. Desc. :||Transcript 801 leaves. Tape 8 reels.|
|Location: ||Columbia Center for Oral History|
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Judge; interviewee married Joel Motley.
Scope and Contents
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 Meredith, 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.
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