Thurgood Marshall: A Biography

Thurgood Marshall: A Biography

Thurgood Marshall: A Biography

Thurgood Marshall: A Biography

Synopsis

Thurgood Marshall is credited with saying, "Sometimes history takes things into its own hands," which could be interpreted to mean that certain outcomes are simply inevitable. Would Marshall have ascribed the milestones and accomplishments throughout his own life to this simplistic explanation?

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Thurgood Marshall remains one of the most prolific and influential figures in American legal and civil rights history. His success in winning landmark Supreme Court cases ending racial segregation was the foundation of African Americans gaining equal rights in education, politically and socially. He was also a champion for women’s rights, the poor, the mentally ill, and ensuring those convicted of crimes were afforded due process under the law. Because of his skills and experience as a lawyer, he gained further success in public service. From being appointed a Circuit Court Judge and then the first African American U. S. solicitor general, he then became the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. His indelible influence on law is evidenced by the countless cases that have been tried since his retirement from the Supreme Court that are based on precedents he either argued himself as a lawyer or ruled on as a judge. An editorial in the Washington Afro-American after Thurgood’s death describes the impact of his accomplishments: “We make movies about Malcolm X, we get a holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, but every day we live with the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall.”

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