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Do You Know US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall?

On August 30, 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice appointed by President Lyndon Johnson. Marshall’s philosophy was unabashedly liberal, and his judicial record shows his consistent support of an individual’s rights.

Grandson of an enslaved person, Marshall lived through some of the most trying times of race relations in America’s history, which undoubtedly shaped his legal philosophy. Known for his earlier work in helping end legal segregation through the 1954 landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, he once described his judicial approach by simply saying, “You do what you think is right and let the law catch up.”

Although Marshall contributed to many areas of the law, including income tax and unions, he is markedly known for his liberal contributions to the areas of civil rights and criminal procedure.

Thurgood Marshall received his education at the Historically Black Lincoln College and Howard University before going into private practice in his native Baltimore.

He volunteered with the National Advancement Association for Colored People (NAACP), for which he argued before the Supreme Court, most notably in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” — Thurgood Marshall, The first African American Supreme Court Justice


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