“While we may have faced challenges on the bench, when Connie lifted her voice, her life was on the line … Yet time and time again, she lifted her voice higher and higher, arguing cases in hostile towns, against hostile lawyers, and before hostile judges in the pursuit of equal justice.”
~ Ann Claire Williams, retired justice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
On September 14, 1921 in New Haven, Connecticut, Nevisian parents McCullough and Rachel Baker welcomed a baby girl. Naming her “Constance”, she would be the ninth of the Caribbean couple’s ten children. Immigrants, the Bakers worked in fields all too often reserved for Blacks at that time. Rachel labored as a domestic worker and McCullough worked as a chef for various societies, including the elite and exclusive Skull and Bones, at Yale University.
As a little girl, Constance experienced Black culture. These experiences range from learning African American history to seeing activism modeled by her mother, a co-founder of the New Haven chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She joined this branch when she was forbidden entry into a skating rink and onto a public beach.