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Civil rights queen : Constance Baker Motley and the struggle for equality

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"Born to an aspirational blue-collar family during the Great Depression, Constance Baker Motley was expected to find herself a good career as a hair dresser. Instead, she became the first black woman to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court, the first of ten she would eventually argue. The only black woman member in the legal team at the NAACP's Inc. Fund at the time, she defended Martin Luther King in Birmingham, helped to argue in Brown vs. The Board of Education, and played a critical role in vanquishing Jim Crow laws throughout the South. She was the first black woman elected to the state Senate in New York, the first woman elected Manhattan Borough President, and the first black woman appointed to the federal judiciary. Civil Rights Queen captures the story of a remarkable American life, a figure who remade law and inspired the imaginations of African Americans across the country. Burnished with an extraordinary wealth of research, award-winning, esteemed Civil Rights and legal historian and dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Tomiko Brown-Nagin brings Motley to life in these pages. Brown-Nagin compels us to ponder some of our most timeless and urgent questions-how do the historically marginalized access the corridors of power? What is the price of the ticket? How does access to power shape individuals committed to social justice? In Civil Rights Queen, she dramatically fills out the picture of some of the most profound judicial and societal change made in twentieth-century America." --

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  • 17 of 17 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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1 current hold with 17 total copies.
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Bronxville Public Library B MOTLEY (Text)
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31004151827727
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Chappaqua Library BIOGRAPHY MOTLEY, CONSTANCE BAKER (Text)
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31005600109724
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Greenburgh Public Library B MOTLEY (Text)
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31009154738250
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John C. Hart Memorial Library B MOTLEY (Text)
Item On Display
31030155076656
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Larchmont Public Library B MOTLEY (Text)
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31014152921924
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Mount Kisco Public Library B MOTLEY (Text)
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31017100360467
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Mount Pleasant Public Library B MOTLEY, CONSTANCE BAKER (Text)
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31024153783793
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Mount Vernon Public Library B MOTLEY (Text)
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31018155625457
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New Rochelle Public Library B MOTLEY (Text)
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31019156699434
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North Castle Public Library B MOTLEY (Text)
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31001152123106
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