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Thurgood Marshall - Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

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Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was the first African-American to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.  The Library of Congress provides additional background information on him:

Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American member of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served on the court from 1967 until he retired in 1991.

Earlier in his career, Marshall worked as a lawyer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and helped win the 1954 landmark desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

Throughout his life, Marshall used the law to promote civil rights and social justice. 

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Photo of Justice Marshall online, courtesy Library of Congress.

 

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