Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 59
INTERVIEWER:

SO A BRIEF OVERVIEW, THIS, THE NAACP TO THAT POINT.

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, of course, the NAACP was established in 1907 as an organization which uh, concerned itself with protecting the rights of black Americans. And in 1939, they set up a legal arm of the organization known as the NAACP legal defense and educational fund. And uh, after WWII was when they started uh, their strategy for attacking segregation per se through the legal defense fund. It was a program which had been in the making prior to WWII, which was abandoned during the war when all the attention was focused on black servicemen. And after the war, the program was revitalized, so to speak, and extended and eventually led to the Supreme Court's decision in the Brown case in 1954.