Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 49
INTERVIEWER:

THAT MAY BE PART OF THE ANSWER TO THE NEXT QUESTION, WHICH IS, WHAT WAS WON AND WHAT WAS LOST WHEN JAMES MEREDITH WAS ENROLLED….

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, when James Meredith was finally enrolled, in the University of Mississippi, think the American people finally understood that if the constitution is enforced, then black Americans will receive their rights. If they're not, if the constitution is not enforced of course, that will not happen. And it sometimes requires the ultimate force in order to do so and in that case of course we did have to use the ultimate force. But that's unusual, but I think it was an important lesson for the American people to understand how their government, how their constitution I should say, is really put into effect.