Sun Mar 3, 2019 2:00pm

The Trials of Constance Baker Motley

Sponsored by: New Haven Museum

On the cusp of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, and for the first time in the Elm City, special screenings of the film “The Trials of Constance Baker Motley” will be held at the New Haven Museum on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 2 p.m., and Wednesday, March 6, at 5:30 pm. The events are presented in partnership with the Greater New Haven African American Historical Society. Admission is free. Space is limited. To reserve seats: or 203.562.4183 ext.119.

As a young African American woman in the 1930s, Constance Motley’s aspirations of becoming a lawyer were discouraged by family and friends. She stood by her convictions, however, and was successful far beyond her youthful dreams. Her career milestones ranged from working with Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to being appointed to the Federal bench by President Lyndon Johnson, and she became the first African American woman voted New York state senator.

Produced by her son, Joel Motley III, and directed by Rick Rodgers, the film spans Motley’s distinguished legal career and her life as a civil-rights pioneer, and will be preceded by remarks from Motley’s niece, Constance Royster, a New Haven leader in her own right. The screening will be followed by a Q&A, and a dialogue during which community members can share stories and memories of Motley and the impact she had on them.

Admission: free
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