On this date, June 2, Thurgood Marshall was born in 1908. He was an African-American lawyer and Supreme Court Justice.
Marshall grew up in Baltimore and graduated with high honors from Lincoln University in 1930. He studied at Howard University Law School, and graduated first in his class. In 1936, he became a staff lawyer of the (NAACP). For over 20 years, he served as director and chief counsel for its Legal Defense and Education Fund. Marshall was a key strategist in the legal effort to dismantle racial segregation in housing, voting, and education. He won 29 of the 32 cases he argued before the Supreme Court. Marshall’s most important victory came in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954), a case involving racial segregation in public schools.
President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Four years later, President Lyndon Johnson appointed him as solicitor general. Johnson turned to Marshall in 1967 to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. [Continue reading at the African American Registry.]
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