James Meredith (born June 25, 1933) was the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, amid two years of court battles and rioting which killed two people and injured many more. After graduating from Ole Miss with a degree in political science, he received a postgraduate degree in economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a law degree from Columbia Law School. He was shot during the 1966 March Against Fear. #TodayInBlackHistory
Constance Baker Motley (September 14, 1921 - September 28, 2005) won 9 out of 10 cases she argued before the Supreme Court, including one that admitted James Meredith to Ole Miss. She was the first African American woman admitted to Columbia Law School, to become a federal judge, and to be elected to the New York State Senate. She began her career as a clerk at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund under Thurgood Marshall where she wrote the original complaint in Brown v Board of Education.