Thurgood Marshall

Born July 2, 1908  and died January 24, 1993

Thurgood Marshall was the first African American judge to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Before being a judge, he was a lawyer and was best known for the case of Brown vs. Board of Education.

Marshall was also responsible for ending the Jim Crow laws that ended legal segregation.

in 1967 Lyndon Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to the head of the Supreme Court.He felt Marshal was the best fit at the time and the right man for the job. Johnson said about Marshall, the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place.”

He was the 96th person to hold the position of the head of Supreme Court.

He received his education from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 1930. Marshall wanted to go to the University of Maryland but the dean told him that he would not get accepted due to the colleges segregation policy. He later sued the University for this in the court case Murray vs. Pearson. He would get his law degree from Howard University school of law where he would graduate first in his class in 1933.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurgood_Marshall

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