Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 64
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT MADE THE BROWN CASE THE RIGHT CASE TO DO THAT? WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THE FACTS OF THE CASE?

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, again the Brown case involved five school districts. They're referred to as the Brown Case but actually it was a consolidation of five school cases from various parts of the country. The Brown case itself was Topeka, Kansas, which was an urban setting, whereas the case from South Carolina was from a rural county. Prince Edward County, Virginia, which was another case, was rural. It involved the District of Columbia, which was another urban setting and the state of Delaware. Now that combination of facts, of course, have played (?) its part because the court was concerned about the impact of its decision from the beginning what impact it might have in various areas. But as you recall, the court first dealt with the constitutionality of segregation itself. And then in a separate opinion in the following year dealt with the kind of relief that uh, plaintiffs in school cases would be entitled to because of this variance and difference in the context in which the particular case arose.