Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 34
INTERVIEWER:

WAS THE IDEA OF REGISTERING MEREDITH TO GET HIM REGISTERED OR TO PROVE A POINT OR BOTH? WAS IT TO PROVE TO PEOPLE THAT HE WAS GOING TO, TO THE UNIVERSITY OR WAS IT TO JUST GET THROUGH THE FORMALITIES?

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, it was, our request to the fifth circuit to register Meredith was an attempt to shortcut the situation which we felt we were going to encounter if we had to go back to the district court and we felt that if the Court of appeals would register him right then and there, it would eliminate what we thought would be another confrontation with state officials. But they did not do that, they didn't adopt that strategy, they ordered the governor to move out of the way, so to speak, and let the legal process take its course.