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I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to
by Constance Baker Motley

I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to
go to school every day and do my homework.
- Constance Baker Motley

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My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves.
- Constance Baker Motley

We knew then what we know now; only exemplary blacks are acceptable.
- Constance Baker Motley

The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the
middle class and the poor.
- Constance Baker Motley

 

Living at the YMCA in Harlem dramatically broadened my view of the world.
- Constance Baker Motley

When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer.
No one thought this was a good idea.
- Constance Baker Motley

Lack of encouragement never deterred me.
I was the kind of person who would not be put down.
- Constance Baker Motley

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We Americans entered a new phase in our history -
the era of integration -
in 1954.
- Constance Baker Motley

My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks.
- Constance Baker Motley

King thought he understood the white Southerner,
having been born and reared in Georgia and trained a theologian.
- Constance Baker Motley

The Constitution, as originally drawn,
made no reference to the fact that all Americans wre
considered equal members of society.
- Constance Baker Motley

Too many whites still see blacks as a group apart.
- Constance Baker Motley

Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it
appears in many different forms.
- Constance Baker Motley

There appears to be no limit as to how far the women's revolution will take us.
- Constance Baker Motley

All Southern state colleges and universities are open to black students.
- Constance Baker Motley

The middle class, in the white population,
encompasses a wide swath.
- Constance Baker Motley

When Thurgood Marshall became a lawyer,
race relations in the United States were particularly bad.
- Constance Baker Motley

I rejected the notion that my race or sex would bar my success in life.
- Constance Baker Motley

We African Americans have now spent the major part
of the 20th Century battling racism.
- Constance Baker Motley

The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged;
except for Bella Abzug,
I had no women supporters.
- Constance Baker Motley

How long must the American community afford special treatment to blacks?
- Constance Baker Motley

New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep
South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population,
the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
- Constance Baker Motley

Whites would rather not be involved in race matters,
I think.
- Constance Baker Motley

The fact is that racism, despite all the doomsayers,
has diminished.
- Constance Baker Motley

I never thought I would live long enough to see the
legal profession change to the extent it has.
- Constance Baker Motley

I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of
the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted.
- Constance Baker Motley

The legal difference between the sit-ins and the Freedom Riders was significant.
- Constance Baker Motley

Had it not been for James Meredith, who was willing to risk his life,
the University of Mississippi would still be all white.
- Constance Baker Motley

Columbia Law School men were being drafted,
and suddenly women who had done well in college were
considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.
- Constance Baker Motley

I remember being infuriated from the top of my head
to the tip of my toes the first time a screen was put
around Bob Carter and me on a train leaving Washington in the 1940s.
- Constance Baker Motley

Doing away with separate black colleges meets resistance
from alumni and other blacks.
- Constance Baker Motley

By 1962, King had become, by the media's reckoning,
the new civil rights leader.
- Constance Baker Motley

Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century.
I see class warfare as overshadowing both.
- Constance Baker Motley

In my view, I did not get to the federal bench because I was a woman.
- Constance Baker Motley

In high school, I won a prize for an essay on tuberculosis.
When I got through writing the essay,
I was sure I had the disease.
- Constance Baker Motley

Today's white majority is largely silent about the race question.
- Constance Baker Motley

King consciously steered away from legal claims and
instead relied on civil disobedience.
- Constance Baker Motley

I soon found law school an unmitigated bore.
- Constance Baker Motley

The last state to admit a black student to the college
level was South Carolina.
- Constance Baker Motley

There is no longer a single common impediment to blacks
emerging in this society.
- Constance Baker Motley

I got the chance to argue my first case in Supreme Court,
a criminal case arising in Alabama that involved the
right of a defendant to counsel at a critical stage
in a capital case before a trial.
- Constance Baker Motley

In high school, I discovered myself.
I was interested in race relations and the legal profession.
I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to
be the most difficult of professions.
- Constance Baker Motley

We did not change as we grew older;
we just became more clearly ourselves.
- Lynn Hall

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

I grew up not liking my father very much.
I never saw him cry.
But he must have.
Everybody cries.
- Charley Pride

I grew up in a very religious family.
I could read the Qu'ran easily at the age of five.
- Akhmad Kadyrov

I grew up in a family in which political issues were often discussed,
and debated intensely.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

I grew up in a big family with a lot of kids around,
and I definitely want to have children as well.
- Heidi Klum

I would be most content if my children grew up to be
the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly
of building enough bookshelves.
- Anna Quindlen

I grew up in a household where everybody lived at the top of his lungs.
- Frank Langella

However, when my parents married in 1945,
China was in turmoil and the possibility of returning
grew increasingly remote,
and they decided to begin their family in the United States.
- Steven Chu

I grew up with an artist father, and my parents' friends
were also mainly artists or writers,
so he connects what I do with his example.
- Jonathan Lethem

I didn't have parents, so I lived in people's homes...
And because I grew up with no parental role models,
I learned to become my own friend, eventually my own
father and my own mother.
- John Lone

I grew up in Ohio, and I was a musicologist since I was little;
it is all that I would ever read.
- Nina Blackwood

Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of
popular mythology since the Greeks.
- Alistair Cooke

When I was quite young, she was working in a hardware store,
so I grew up knowing about hardware.
- Elizabeth Moon

I grew up in Greenwich Village.
Dad was friends with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
- Yancy Butler

I grew up at 16 years old driving trucks across the
George Washington Bridge.
- Don Sherwood

From that date the abandonment of the older State proceeded
with a rapidity never before known,
and with it grew the domestic slave trade and the pro-slavery feeling.
- Henry Charles Carey

I grew up in Hawaii so I was outside a lot playing in the water.
- Kelly Preston

We grew out of the superhero comics,
but we still liked comics,
so we started putting our own experiences in the stories
we were doing for our own amusement.
- Gilbert Hernandez

I grew up certain for a while that I was going to be an anthropologist,
until film turned my head.
- Ken Burns

In the early days, we just wore black onstage.
Very bold, my dear.
Then we introduced white, for variety,
and it simply grew and grew.
- Freddie Mercury

I've thought about doing other dramatic roles besides westerns,
but I grew up in the West and I know the West.
- Ken Curtis

When I grew up, I studied karate for years.
I got pretty strong, but eventually I had to acknowledge
that I really didn't like fighting at all,
so I quit.
- Alison Bechdel

I started improvising the Cliff character,
based on someone I grew up with.
- John Ratzenberger

The outcome of any serious research can only be to
make two questions grow where only one grew before.
- Thorstein Veblen

I grew up wanting to be a writer for theatre.
- Christopher Durang

I grew up speaking both languages, and for me that's really important.
- Jon Secada

Out of my discomforts, which were small enough,
grew one thing for which I have all my life been grateful,
the formation of fixed habits of work.
- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind.
This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes,
this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds.
- Sophocles


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