Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT…

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

So that the greatest effect of the Brown decision was, its, statement in effect that blacks are now a part of the family. And it gave the impetus for the students in 1960 for example, to sit in at segregated lunch counters in North Carolina. It was the spark which ignited the bus boycott in Montgomery, and it was the, the catalyst for all the demonstrations that we witnessed across the south after the Brown decision in the early ‘60s, like the freedom riders, and the voting rights campaign which culminated in a march from Selma to Montgomery. So that the decision itself was responsible for the civil rights revolution and the end result was that after a decade of litigation, the Supreme Court struck down state-enforced racial segregation in every area of the public life, in recreation and hospitals, even in courthouses themselves.