Constance Baker Motley is born

September 14

On September 14, 1921, Constance Baker Motley was born in Connecticut in 1921. 

Constance Baker Motley was an influential civil rights leader who used her judicial experience and expertise to uplift and impact the black community. Motley received higher education from Columbia Law School in 1946, before starting a historic career. For decades, she worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund architecting key civil rights lawsuits until 1965. In 1966, Motley made history as the first African American woman to serve as a federal judge. In addition to law, she also devoted her time to politics, becoming the first African American woman elected to the New York State Senate

Constance Baker Motley died in 2005 at the age of 84.


Constance Baker Motley

The Life and Legacy

Constance Baker Motley

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