Breaking Barriers: Constance Baker Motley


In this video, students learn about the accomplishments of Judge Constance Baker Motley. As the first African American woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, be elected to the New York state senate, and be appointed a federal judge, Motley broke racial and gender barriers throughout her career while fighting for the civil rights of all Americans.

This video was made in conjunction with Makematic.


  • Describe Judge Constance Baker Motley’s accomplishments and their impact on civil rights
  • Engage in direct discussion
  • Identify forms of civic action used to create change
  • Analyze the video’s topic and connect it current issues