Constance Baker Motley, a civil rights champion and federal judge, died Wednesday at 84.
The first black woman to serve in the New York State Senate and the first to serve as a federal judge, appointed in 1966; she was the 11th recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in June 1968.
She was also the first woman president of the Borough of Manhattan and was chief counsel for James H. Meredith as he sought to enter the University of Mississippi. She argued 10 civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court between October 1961 and December 1964, and won nine.
Read the full obituary from the Sept. 29 New York Times, “Constance Baker Motley, Civil Rights Trailblazer, Dies at 84”.