Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 62
INTERVIEWER:

WAS IT BECAUSE IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL ISSUE THAT IT TOUCHED PEOPLE, THAT IT WAS CHILDREN? AND WASN'T IT DANGEROUS, TOO?

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, of course, we started the attack on segregated education at the graduate and professional school level because that was an easier thing to do legally speaking because most of the southern states had not provided so-called professional separate but equal graduate and [ schools ] for blacks. So the first case involved the graduate and professional school level in Maryland then there was the Gaines case at the law school level in Missouri and then there was the Sweatt case at the law school level, the Sipuel case at the law school level, and then that McLaurin case at the graduate school level. And once we got blacks into that level, the, uh, the attack then moved down to the grammar school and high school level. And that was the level involved in the Brown case.