On Sept. 14, 1921, Constance Baker Motley was born. She went on to become the first Black appointed federal judge, as well as a Civil Rights activist and state senator. She helped write briefs in the landmark school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education in 1954; successfully won enrollment for the nine black high school students known as the “Little Rock Nine” at racially segregated Central High in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957.

 Watch her speak here.