USPS Honors Judge Constance Baker Motley

Judge Constance Baker Motley started her career in 1945 at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Her position with NAACP meant that Judge Baker- Motley would be working for Justice Thurgood Marshall who would soon be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. She would continue to work with Justice Marshall for the next 20 years. Judge Baker Motley worked on about 60 cases that reached the Supreme Court. She won nine of the 10 cases she argued before the Court.

In 1966, Judge Baker Motley was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York — the largest and busiest federal trial court in the country. She rose to chief judge in 1982 and senior judge in 1986.

The stamp honoring the Judge Constance Baker Motley features a portrait by artist Charly Palmer. The original rendering is an acrylic painting completed on canvas. Palmer’s signature style, such as the stenciled circular shapes around the head suggest royalty, and the heavy brushstrokes and scratches offer textures that adds to the overall impact of this important portrait.

The Constance Baker Motley stamp will be issued in panes of 20. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

This event, honoring Judge Constance Baker Motley, her life, career and recognition on this important stamp is presented in partnership with AAUW, NAACP, Underground Railroad Museum, Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the United States Post Office.


Please note,

  • Registration is not required.
  • This event will take place in-person, inside the Burlington County Library's auditorium.
  • Please note that the auditorium has a strictly maintained capacity of 250 people. Seats will be on a first come, first served basis.  
Audience: Adult Seniors
Type: Sponsored Event
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Saturday, 3/02/2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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