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Constance Baker Motley
September 14, 1921 - September 28, 2005
Nationality: American
Category: Activist
Subcategory: American Activist

Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.


The middle class, in the white population, encompasses a wide swath.


There appears to be no limit as to how far the women's revolution will take us.


We knew then what we know now; only exemplary blacks are acceptable.


Living at the YMCA in Harlem dramatically broadened my view of the world.


I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to go to school every day and do my homework.


All Southern state colleges and universities are open to black students.


New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population, the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere.


The legal difference between the sit-ins and the Freedom Riders was significant.


The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor.


Had it not been for James Meredith, who was willing to risk his life, the University of Mississippi would still be all white.


Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century. I see class warfare as overshadowing both.


There is no longer a single common impediment to blacks emerging in this society.


King consciously steered away from legal claims and instead relied on civil disobedience.


My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks.


When Thurgood Marshall became a lawyer, race relations in the United States were particularly bad.


The last state to admit a black student to the college level was South Carolina.


I remember being infuriated from the top of my head to the tip of my toes the first time a screen was put around Bob Carter and me on a train leaving Washington in the 1940s.


In high school, I discovered myself. I was interested in race relations and the legal profession. I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to be the most difficult of professions.


I got the chance to argue my first case in Supreme Court, a criminal case arising in Alabama that involved the right of a defendant to counsel at a critical stage in a capital case before a trial.


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