August 30, 1967 – October 1, 1991
Thurgood Marshall was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1908, the grandson of an African-born slave. His father was a steward in a white country club and his mother taught in a segregated schools. Educated at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Howard University Law School. Marshall entered private law practice following his graduation.
His interest though was in the growing Civil Rights movement, at the same time hat he ws in law practice, he worked for the National Association of Colored People (NAACP). By 1938 he had become the organization's chief counsel. During the years from 1938 During the years from 1938 until 1961, whe he was numerous civil rights cases, including ones that lead to the admissions of the first African-American student to the University of Missioury Law School, The desegregatrion of tinterstate passenger carries in Virgina, and the landmark 1954 Brown v Board of Education, one of the steps on the road to school desegregation.
Marshall was appointed associate justice of the Unitied States Supreme Court by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967. He sat on the Supreme Court until his retirement in 1991. He was known among his friends for his wicked wit. Thurgood marshall's legacy shows his singleness of purpose. A Kwanzaa Keepsake - Jessica B Harris