Had it not been for James Meredith, who was willing to risk his life, the University of Mississippi would still be all white.
I rejected the notion that my race or sex would bar my success in life.
I never thought I would live long enough to see the legal profession change to the extent it has.
I remember being infuriated from the top of my head to the tip of my toes the first time a screen was put around Bob Carter and me on a train leaving Washington in the 1940s.
We Americans entered a new phase in our history - the era of integration - in 1954.
The Constitution, as originally drawn, made no reference to the fact that all Americans wre considered equal members of society.
There is no longer a single common impediment to blacks emerging in this society.
Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it appears in many different forms.
Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.
The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged; except for Bella Abzug, I had no women supporters.
There appears to be no limit as to how far the women's revolution will take us.
How long must the American community afford special treatment to blacks?
I got the chance to argue my first case in Supreme Court, a criminal case arising in Alabama that involved the right of a defendant to counsel at a critical stage in a capital case before a trial.
I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted.
In high school, I discovered myself. I was interested in race relations and the legal profession. I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to be the most difficult of professions.