Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 37
INTERVIEWER:

IT WAS A SURPRISE, THE BROWN DECISION, OR WAS IT A SURPRISE THAT IT WAS UNANIMOUS?

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Oh, yes, I think we were clearly surprised that it was a unanimous decision in the Brown case. We thought that if we won, at best it would be five to four, and the unanimity of that decision I think was most important to its implementation. If it had not been unanimous, I have no doubt that that decision would not have been enforced as well as it had been enforced in my view despite all of the notions to the contrary. I think that the Brown decision changed this country and its effect was far beyond education as we all know.