Constance Curry was born in 1933 in Paterson, New Jersey. Her mother, Hazel Curry,
and her father, Earnest Curry, were both Irish immigrants. Curry was raised in North
Carolina, where she graduated from high school. Despite being raised in the South,
her parents weren’t natives, which impacted her mindset during the fights for equality
later in her life. Her upbringing left her mind free from discrimination that plagued
many Southern people during this time.