Film on civil rights activist/lawyer to be shown

March 2, 2015 | Events, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps

A screening of “Justice is a Black Woman: The Life and Work of Constance Baker Motley” will take place Wednesday, March 4, at 11:45 a.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.



This documentary chronicles the life and work of civil rights activist Motley. As an attorney with the Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Motley became the lead lawyer in desegregation and trespass prosecution cases throughout the South after 1954, and won nine of 10 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court from 1961 to 1965.

She also was the only female attorney on the legal team that won the landmark desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education.

In addition, Motley he served as a state senator and a federal judge.

The film is narrated by Juan Williams and includes Dr. Maya Angelou, President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer, attorney Vernon Jordan, members of the Little Rock Nine, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and many others.

The free, public screening of the 57-minute film will be introduced by UT College of Law Dean Daniel Steinbock, former law clerk to Motley.

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