A conversation with HLS Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin on her new book:

Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality

The story of a brave and brilliant civil rights trailblazer and federal judge.


Tuesday, March 1st, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Please RSVP to hlswanewyork@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

This is the first major biography of Judge Motley, and reflects a 10-year effort by Professor Brown-Nagin, Dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and the former faculty director of HLS’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and co-director of HLS’s law and history program. 





“Illuminating…thoughtful…Civil Rights Queen is the result of diligent research…poignant… a balanced assessment of a brave and brilliant woman who helped to reconfigure the system before she became a part of it….Brown-Nagin honors her subject by being resolutely direct and unsentimental — steely, if you will.” —New York Times

“Civil Rights Queen is a brilliant work, elegantly written and deeply researched. Brown-Nagin does complete justice to the life of Constance Baker Motley, one of the Twentieth Century’s towering figures." —Annette Gordon-Reed, bestselling author of On Juneteenth

“Compelling, candid, and highly revelatory. By examining in striking detail the remarkable life of Constance Baker Motley—a formidable lawyer turned politician turned judge — Professor Brown-Nagin makes a major contribution to several fields: race relations, women’s studies, the study of the legal profession, and modern American history.” —Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

(Author Photo Credit Rose Lincoln)



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6:00PM - 7:00PM Tue 1 Mar 2022, Eastern timezone

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