Today in Legal History: Thurgood Marshall becomes First Black Supreme Court Justice

Thoroughgood “Thurgood” Marshall started work as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on October 2nd, 1967. Marshall had been nominated by Lyndon Johnson after a distinguished career in civil rights, including arguing the landmark Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 for the NAACP. As a child, Marshall had attended a segregated school that sentenced children to read the Constitution as punishment. By the time Marshall left that school, he had the Constitution memorized. After his retirement in 1991, Marshall was replaced by Clarence Thomas. Marshall died in 1993.

For more information, check out:
• Martin Calabro, Great Courtroom Lawyers (4th Floor, KF372.C35 1996)
• Mark V. Tushnet, Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991 (4th Floor, KF8745.M34T87 1997)
• Juan Williams, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary (4th Floor, KF8745.M34W55 1998)


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