Sunday, February 07, 2010
Black History Month Spotlight: Constance Baker Motley
Constance Baker Motley Politician,Federal Judge (14 September 1921–28 September 2005) was the first African American in U.S. history to becomes a federal judge. She was also a civil rights activist, lawyer, state senator, and President of Manhattan, New York City. Motley was also the first woman in the history of New York to preside in the upper chamber. In 1993, she was inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame. In 2001, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Citizens Medal. The NAACP awarded her the Spingarn Medal, the organization's highest honor, in 2003.