Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American Justice to serve on the United States Supreme Court. As a Constitutional Lawyer, Marshall is in class of his own. As chief counsel for the NAACP, Marshall successfully argued his case in Brown v. Board of Education, which changed not only American Jurisprudence forever, but also changed American Culture and Society forever. Without Marshall’s extraordinary advocacy in Brown, such legislation as the Civil Rights of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, may not have been possible. Appointed to the High Court in 1967, Marshall retired in 1991 at the age of 83. This capped a legal career that probably will never be matched in American History.
This podcast is the third in a series titled Supreme Court Classics. This series will take a look at just a few of the notable justices who served on the High Court and how their influence is still felt today.
A very special thanks to King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts and Sherri Tye.
Posted on 11/15/2011
George F. Sjursen
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