The work and influence of New Haven judge Constance Baker Motley
Civil rights icons like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Justice Thurgood Marshall have become household names. But the historic work of New Haven native Constance Baker Motley is still unknown to many Americans. This hour, we look into the life and legacy of the first Black woman appointed to a federal court in American history.
- Connie Royster: retired New Haven attorney, former director of development at the Yale Divinity School, and niece of Constance Baker Motley
- Tomiko Brown-Nagin: Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and professor of Constitutional Law and History. She’s also the author of the book Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
This episode was produced by James Szkobel-Wolff, Zshekinah Collier and Catie Talarski. Disrupted is produced by Kevin Chang Barnum and J. Carlisle Larsen. Our interns are Taylor Doyle and Jacob Gannon. This show originally aired on April 20, 2022.
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