Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 61
INTERVIEWER:

BUT [ WHY EDUCATION ] THE FIRST AREA TARGETED RATHER THAN PUBLIC FACILITIES?

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, of course the organization had limited funds and resources and they had to elect one area which they felt was vital to the black community. And education seemed to be that area because most blacks believed as most whites in the nation that the solution to the black problem was to educating blacks so that they could compete in the larger society. And so education was the chief target of the, this attack on segregation itself. Before that, of course, the organization had represented blacks in criminal cases, had brought cases to open housing to blacks in Louisville and other places. But education seemed to be the one thing around which you could gather a lot of people and interest and money, particularly.