Today in History
October 02, 1967
Justice for All: Thurgood Marshall Makes Judicial History
Thurgood Marshall is the first African American to be sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice. Appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, Marshall had already distinguished himself as the country's premier civil rights advocate. His successful argument in the 1954 Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka case had resulted in the desegregation of the nation's schools and he is well known for his work as the chief NAACP counsel in many discrimination suits. Ruling initially with the liberal majority, he later becomes known as the "Great Dissenter" as the court swings conservative. He dies in 1993, aged 84; 2008 is the centennial of his birth.
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