Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

YOU MUST HAVE ALL BEEN VERY TIRED AND PROBABLY FAIRLY MIXED FEELINGS AFTER ALL THE RIOTING.

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, of course we were always tired during those years. Things were happening so rapidly there wasn't time to take a vacation or to reflect on anything very long before that new situation developed. I know that when the Meredith case was filed, it coincided with the Freedom Riders arrival in Mississippi, which of course, was not a good context, and which to bring that suit, but those were historical developments which we could not control and a lot of people thought we could control in the course of the civil rights movement, but we could not, because it was a genuine revolution on the part of black people.** It wasn't directed by us, it was spontaneous and it arose from new confidence in the black community that the Supreme Court was their protector as they moved forward in the struggle.