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Celebrating

Given the death of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her legacy, we thought it appropriate to celebrate the anniversary of Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) being sworn in as the first African American associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on October 2, 1967.  The current partisan divide over the appointment of Ginburg's successor shows the perceived impact this position can make for many years into the future.    

Marshall was an American lawyer and civil rights activist who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991.  Marshall was the Court's first African-American justice.  Prior to his judicial service, he successfully argued several cases before the Supreme Court, including Brown v. Board of Education.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Marshall graduated from the Howard University School of Law in 1933.  He established a private legal practice in Baltimore before founding the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he served as executive director.  In that position, he argued several cases before the Supreme Court, including Smith v. Allwright, Shelley v. Kraemer, and Brown v. Board of Education, the latter of which held that racial segregation in public education is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Four years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Marshall as the United States Solicitor General.  In 1967, Johnson successfully nominated Marshall to succeed retiring Associate Justice Tom C. Clark.  Marshall retired during the administration of President George H. W. Bush, and was succeeded by Clarence Thomas.

We would commend for your viewing, the 2017 movie Marshall, starring the late Chadwick Boseman.  The movie is set in 1940 with Marshall as a young lawyer for the NAACP who criss-crosses the country defending innocent African-Americans from unjust indictments in court.  In this case he travels to Bridgeport, Connecticut where an African-American chauffeur is accused of rape of a wealthy white society woman.
 

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