New York State Senator Constance Baker Motley, former associate counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, lectured on "The Present Civil Rights Struggle in the United States," under the auspices of the Student Lecture Series. Mrs. Motley, the first African American woman elected to the New York Senate, wrote the original complaint in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954 and served, in 1962, as counsel for James Meredith, the first African American to enroll in the University of Mississippi.