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Constance Baker Motley

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Creator:Motley, Constance Baker, 1921-
Creator:Eyes on the Prize (PBS)
Creator:Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). Libraries. Special Collections
Title:Constance Baker Motley

In this interview, Constance Baker Motley describes her role as an attorney for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) during the Civil Rights movement. As one of the few African American attorneys at the time, Motley worked on school desegregation cases, most notably Meredith v. Fair, in which she successfully argued that African American student James Meredith should be admitted to the University of Mississippi.

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Grade range: 9-12.

A transcript of an interview.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Instructional materials | Interviews | Resource units | Teaching guides | Transcripts | Text
Subjects:Motley, Constance Baker, 1921- | Meredith, James, 1933- | Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993 | Fair, Charles D., 1915-1988--Trials, litigation, etc. | Plessy, Homer Adolph--Trials, litigation, etc. | Ferguson, John H., judge--Trials, litigation, etc. | Meredith, James, 1933- --Trials, litigation, etc. | NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund--Employees | NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund | African American women lawyers | Segregation in education--Law and legislation--United States | Segregation--Law and legislation--United States | African Americans--Segregation | African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc. | Discrimination in education--Law and legislation--United States | African Americans--Civil rights--United States | Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka | School integration--Massive resistance movement | Federal-state controversies--Southern States | Eyes on the Prize (Television program) | States' rights (American politics) | College integration--Mississippi--Oxford | University of Mississippi | United States--Race relations--History--20th century | United States. Supreme Court | African Americans--Social conditions--To 1964 | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | United States, Mississippi, 32.354668, -89.398528 | Southern States, 33.346678, -84.119434 | United States, 37.09024, -95.712891
Collection:Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Special Collection
Institution:WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributors:WGBH Educational Foundation
Original Material:

Henry Hampton Collection, Washington University Libraries, Saint Louis, Missouri.

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The Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Collection is a collaborative production of WGBH Education Productions, the WGBH Media Library, and WGBH Interactive, in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Forms part of: Teacher's Domain Civil Right Special Collection.

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