Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

YOUR OPINION OF THE CONSTITUION BASES WITH THESE DOCTRINES OF INTERPOSITION…

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Of course, all of these strategies which the south, utilized after the Supreme Court's decision in the Brown case to try to prevent its implementation were ultimately declared void by the United States Supreme Court and the lower federal courts as these cases were brought by us and others to have these efforts abolished, And these efforts were plainly illegal. I think one of the things that we should always remember is that the constitution had to go through a severe test during all of this period in our country's history, and it emphasized I think for the American people the importance of the fact that we had a constitution which guaranteed equality. And it [magnified?] the role of the courts in our society. Because it became the responsibility of the court and particularly the United States Supreme Court to repeatedly interpret the extent to which the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed equality for blacks.