Hon. Constance Baker Motley Tea



Love for the Law was in the air on Sunday, April 24th as Amistad recognized the contributions of three great women: Professor Deborah Waire Post, Hon. Constance Baker Motley and Harriet Tubman. Past Amistad Presidents Valerie Cartright, Victoria Gumbs Moore and Cherice Vanderhall shared how Professor Post impacted their academic career as well as their personal lives. A heartfelt tribute was given by Amistad Executive Director J. Stewart Moore, who shared how Professor Post tutored him on the UCC in preparation for the NYS Bar Exam.

Amistad was also fortunate to have Hofstra Professor of Law and Dean of Intellectual Life, Akilah Fulami. Professor Fulami shared her reflections of Judge Motley based on Fulami’s clerk experience in the Federal Southern District Court after graduating from Columbia Law. Fulami also provided insight into her relationship with Professor Post whom she first encountered at a Northeast People of Color conference in the Bahamas.

Amistad guests dined on tea sandwiches and decadent desserts at the Garden City Hotel while enjoying a performance by Christine Dixon. Ms. Dixon is a renowned actress who performed an incredible impersonation of Harriet Tubman. In special recognition of our Inspiration for the Tea, Ms. Dixon also rendered an impeccable impersonation of Judge Motley.

All proceeds from the event are earmarked for the Robert Boyd Cox, Jr. Esq. Scholarship. Mr. Cox was president of Amistad in 2004 and passed away unexpectedly in 2008.

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