Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

JUDGE WISDOM CHARACTERIZED MEREDITH WITH SOME MEMORABLE WORDS. HE CALLED HIM "A MAN WITH A MISSION AND A NERVOUS STOMACH," AND I'M WONDERING WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THAT.

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Oh, yes, well that comes from, that is the characterization of James Meredith as a man with a mission and a nervous stomach comes from his army record. One of the things that the state officials did in order to try to, to disqualify him was to ask for his army record, which he consented to and in the record it showed that he went to a doctor, I think it was a psychologist periodically while he was in the service and complained about a nervous stomach, and he seemed to get this nervous stomach whenever he read about something in the newspaper like the Arkansas case where Faubus resisted or the Lucy case in Alabama, where the state resisted there, because he knew that he was preparing himself for that role with respect to, to Mississippi, so he became quite nervous and his nervousness seemed to flare up as I've said whenever there was a big headline incident in the country about the racial integration struggle.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

STOP. SR 1154, CR 209.