Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 55
INTERVIEWER:

UH, WHAT A WONDERFUL THOUGHT. DID YOU HAVE A SENSE THAT YOU WERE PUTTING PEOPLE INTO JEOPARDY? WAS IT REALLY THAT DANGEROUS?

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Oh yes. I think uh, in, uh, in the teacher's salary case in Mississippi, in 1949, people were definitely fearful of having us because the plaintiff in that case had lost her job and her husband had lost his job and uh, the only people we could stay with were people who were independent of the white community, that is a woman whose family who had an undertaking business and a black doctor. Those were the only two people who felt that uh, that they could invite us to dinner or have us stay in their homes without risk. Uh, we did stay in a so-called black hotel, but, um, it was what we called a flop house in New York.