Thurgood Marshall By Randy B 1908-1993
Who Was Thurgood Marshall • Thurgood Marshall is one of the most well-known figures in the history of civil rights in America and the first Black Supreme Court Justice. • He served on the Court for 24 years until June 28, 1991 when he announced his retirement due to advancing age and deteriorating health.
What He Worked On • Before serving on the Supreme Court, Marshall served as legal director of the NAACP. His tenure, from 1940 to 1961, was a pivotal time for the organization, as overturning racial segregation was one of its prime directives. • Marshall developed a long-term strategy for eradicating segregation in schools.
Thurgoods Main Case • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) A third grade black girl was denied the right to go to a school because it was a all white school so she had to walk a mile to go to the nearest school. Marshall knew this was wrong so he took up the case and won it. which brought about the end of legal segregation in public schools.
Thurgood's Record • American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1967 to 1991. • As a lawyer for the NAACP Marshall argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court, winning 29 of them.
Thurgood's Opinon Marshall took a different angle to equality and civil rights than others. He thought he would fight for civil rights in the court systems while people like Martin Luther King gave speeches and went on marches. Marshall felt like to change anything he had to make it a law or it wouldn’t last.