Prominent People


Constance Baker Motley

John F. Hatchett

Jeanne Noble
Constance Baker Motley, of New Haven, Connecticut, received her B.A. in economics from NYU in 1943. After receiving her law degree from Columbia, she worked under Thurgood Marshall who was the chief counsel of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and eventually became associate chief counsel for the association.

She was a civil rights attorney, activist, lawyer, state senator and judge. She participated in all of the major public school desegregation cases including Brown vs. Board of Education. She represented Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his followers in their Albany, Georgia campaign in 1961 and in their Birmingham, Alabama campaign in 1963. She was the first black woman elected to the NYU Board of Trustees and the first black woman to be appointed to the federal bench.
John Hatchett, of Pontiac, Michigan, was the first Director of NYU's African American Student Center in 1968. He was an egyptologist, historian, philosopher, theologian, and writer. He is also the author and publisher of six books. His latest book is titled, “Hatshepsut: A Beautiful African Queen of The Nile”.

He received several awards for recognizing the struggles on behalf of melanites people. He is widely known for his claims that “Anti-Black Jews” dominated New York City Public schools. He was fired from his position as Director of the African American Student Center soon after these remarks were made. Hatchett's legacy highlights his confidence and his passionate pursuit for equality.
Jeanne Noble, of Albany, Georgia, joined the NYU community in 1959 in the School of Education. She was one of the first African American women to be made full time professor at NYU. She created a blueprint for the nation's first Job Corps' training centers dedicated to relieving women from an impoverished life.

Her research on poverty, gender and race relations contributed to the success of the war on poverty. She taught people why they were poor and provided them with job opportunites. One of her books, “The Negro Women's College Education” received the Pi Lambda Theta Research Award in 1955. She's listed in the Who's Who Among American Women and was chosen by Ebony magazine as one of the One Hundred Most Influential Negroes in the Emancipation Centennial Year.
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