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Federal Judge, Civil Rights Lawyer, Constance Baker Motley Dies

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Federal Judge, Civil Rights Lawyer Dies
By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press Writer

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NEW YORK - When she was 15, Constance Baker Motley was turned away from a public beach because she was black. It was only then _ even though her mother was active in the NAACP _ that the teenager really became interested in civil rights.

She went to law school and found herself fighting racism in landmark segregation cases, including Brown v. Board of Education. Motley also broke barriers herself: She was the first black woman elected to the New York state Senate and the first black woman appointed to the federal bench.

Motley, who would have celebrated her 40th anniversary on the bench next year, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at NYU Downtown Hospital, said her son, Joel Motley III. She was 84.


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