As a child growing up in Baltimore's middle-class black neighborhoods, Thurgood Marshall learned right from wrong. A black lawyer in the 1940s and '50s, he traveled the South, a lonely warrior in the fight to end discrimination--he was "Mr. Civil Rights". Armed with the belief that equality for blacks was inevitable, the Supreme Court became his battlefield in 32 cases--29 of which he won--before he was appointed to sit on the High Court--the first African-American Justice in U.S. history.
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The life of Thurgood Marshall was one that touched every decade of the 20th century and forever changed the course of equality in the United States of America.
As Thurgood Marshall’s health began to fail him, he still remained a force on the the Supreme Court. At age 83, he retired from the courts and passed away at the age of 85.
In 1967 Thurgood Marshall began his tenure as the first African American Supreme Court Justice.
In 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to the post of Solicitor General, forging a strong relationship between Marshall and the President.
In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court.
After the Brown vs BOE ruling, the Civil Rights movement emerged as a stronger force with Martin Luther King as an emerging Civil Rights leader. Still, Thurgood Marshall believed that courts held the key to equality.
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