Constance Baker Motley

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Birthday
14, 1921
Birthplace
Connecticut
Death Date
Sep 28, 2005 (84)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
14, 1921
Birthplace
Connecticut
Death Date
Sep 28, 2005 (84)

About

Remembered for her civil rights activism and particularly for her legal work on the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, this attorney and judge was also the first woman of African descent to serve in the New York State Senate.

Before Fame

After attending both Fisk University and New York University, she earned a law degree from Columbia University.

Trivia

In 2003, she received the NAACP's prestigious Spingarn Medal.

Family Life

The daughter of Caribbean immigrant parents, she grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, with eleven siblings. She later married businessman and fellow New York University graduate Joel Wilson Motley, Jr.

Associated With

She was appointed by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson to the U.S. District Court of New York's Southern District, making her the first female, African-American judge to preside over a federal court.