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Today in Legal History: First Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice (October 2, 1967)

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Today, October 2, 1967, civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American justice on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

In 1800s, Justice Marshall's great grandfather was enslaved.

In 1930, Justice Marshall himself was rejected from the University of Maryland Law School because of his race.

In 1954, as counsel to the NAACP, Marshall won the historic Brown v. Board of Education case, which ended racial segregation in public schools in America and elevated the Civil Rights Movement into its next stage.

In 1967, Justice Marshall himself ascended to SCOTUS as its first African-American justice.

Wow. May we take inspiration from Justice Marshall's beautiful story!


The accompanying picture was taken on May 17, 1954, right after the Brown v Board decision. Thurgood Marshall (center), celebrating with fellow attorneys George E. C. Hayes (left) and James M. Nabrit (right), on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. What a journey, moment it must have been for him!

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