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Constance Baker Motley Quotes

Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it appears in many different forms.

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

By 1962, King had become, by the media's reckoning, the new civil rights leader.

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

Doing away with separate black colleges meets resistance from alumni and other blacks.

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

How long must the American community afford special treatment to blacks?

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.

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

I never thought I would live long enough to see the legal profession change to the extent it has.

I rejected the notion that my race or sex would bar my success in life.

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.

I soon found law school an unmitigated bore.

I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted.

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.

In high school, I won a prize for an essay on tuberculosis. When I got through writing the essay, I was sure I had the disease.

In my view, I did not get to the federal bench because I was a woman.

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

King thought he understood the white Southerner, having been born and reared in Georgia and trained a theologian.

Lack of encouragement never deterred me. I was the kind of person who would not be put down.