Thurgood Marshall

marshall-collageThurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993); One of America’s premier attorney’s, Thurgood Marshall was born in Baltimore, Maryland, he was a great-grandson of a slave.

Marshall at the age of 32 won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. That same year, 1940,  he became the executive director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund . As counsel to the NAACP Marshall, represented the complainants in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling, May 17, 1954, ended racial segregation in public schools. On June 13, 1967, President Johnson nominated Marshall to the Supreme Court. In a 69-11 vote on August 30, 1967, Marshall became the 96th justice and first African-American of the United States Supreme Court. He served on the Supreme Court from October 1967 until October of 1991. Marshall died of heart failure at 84 years old, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

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