Film Screening: "Justice is a Black Woman," produced by Gary Ford Jr.

Special Screening Event
JUSTICE IS A BLACK WOMAN : THE LIFE AND WORK OF CONSTANCE BAKER MOTLEY
Post-film Q&A with Dr. Gary Ford Jr., producer

Refreshments will be served.

ABOUT THE FILM: The documentary, Justice Is A Black Woman chronicles the life and work of Motley, an “unsung” hero of the civil rights movement. It is based on interviews and other dissertation research supported by Quinnipiac University. The film was produced to expand the  traditional narratives of the Civil Rights Movement and to give Judge Motley the proper credit she deserved for her work in the courts that affected the outcome of the movement and facilitated the dismantling of Jim Crow and a segregated society. It is narrated by Juan Williams. Dr. Maya Angelou read her poem, Still I Rise, for the film which includes President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Judge Ann Williams, Attorney Vernon Jordan, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Justice Robert Benham, Honorable William Coleman, Professor Charles Ogletree, Professor Drew Days, Members of the “Little Rock Nine,” Ms. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Mr. Herbert Wright, and many others.


Judge Motley, the only woman attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense And Educational Fund (LDF) during most of the civil rights movement from 1946 - 1964 was the LDF attorney who tried and won most of the important desegregation cases. In addition to writing briefs in Brown v. Board of Education, Motley was trial or appellate counsel in 57 cases in the United States Supreme Court, 82 cases in federal courts of appeals, 48 cases in federal district courts, and numerous cases in state courts. She won cases that ended de jure segregation in white only restaurants and lunch counters, protected the right of protestors to march, sit-in, freedom ride, and demonstrate in other ways, and secured the right for blacks to register, vote, and have access to the political power structure. She became the first African American woman federal judge in 1966.


The production team included Professor Michael Calia, director of the Quinnipiac University Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, director/producer, Ms. Susan Bailey, script writer, Ms. Lynn Bushnell, executive producer, and Dr. Gary Ford, Jr. who wrote his dissertation on Judge Motley and was also a producer.

This event is being sponsored by CGU's Applied Women's Studies and Africana Studies programs.

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Board of Trustees Room, Harper Hall Claremont