Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 54
INTERVIEWER:

FIRST WE'RE LOOKING, IT A GENERAL QUESTION, WE'RE LOOKING A DESCRIPTION, A WORD PICTURE OF THE SOUTH AS IT WAS IN THE EARLY 1950s, AS YOU WERE TRAVELLING THROUGH IT FOR TNE NAACP.

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, during the 5O's, when I was traveling through the South, representing various plaintiffs in school desegregation cases, one of our most difficult problems was finding a place to stay. You know, the hotels and restaurants were all closed to us and so we had to rely on individuals who were not fearful of taking us into their homes and who would accommodate us with a room and a meal now and then. And, uh, I remember distinctly I could stay on my diet during those years because I didn't get that much to eat.