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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Constance Baker Motley
RLIN number: NXCP88-A91
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: 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.
Extent: Transcript: 801 leaves, Tape: 8 reels
Restrictions: Access: Open. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1978 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Motley, Constance Baker, 1921-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1921
Speaker occupation: Judge
Age at speaking: 57
Document date: 1978
Interviewer: Gellhorn, Kitty
Organizations discussed: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African American judges; African American women; African American women--Education; African Americans--Civil rights; African Americans--Segregation; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; North America; Oral history; Practice of law; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Judicial process; Motley, Constance Baker, 1921-; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; New York (NY)--Politics and government--1951-; New York (State)--Politics and government--1951-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0020487-15929