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“Ordinary women of grace are, in a sense, my real role models. What always struck me is how unbitter they were. They had the capacity to keep struggling. I think that is a message that this quick-fix culture needs….”
In 1965, she was the first black woman admitted to the bar in Mississippi. A graduate of Spelman and Yale Law School, in 1994 she received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medal for Outstanding Professional Service in Civil and Human Rights. Who is she?