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Peace & Justice Gurus: Thurgood Marshall

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Thurgood Marshall

This page serves as a guide to Thurgood Marshall. He was a renowned Civil Rights activist in the United States. In addition to this, Marshall was appointed to be the first black justice on the Supreme Court of the United States by President Lyndon B. Johnson in June 1967. Before joining the Supreme Court, Marshall appeared before the Supreme Court dozens of times regarding issues of race and had a high success rate before the court. Finally, when Marshall left his position on the Supreme Court, President George H. W. Bush appointed Clarence Thomas, still only the second of three individuals of color to be on the Supreme Court, to be Marshall's successor.

Supreme Court Cases

Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

Thurgood Marshall argued this case before the Supreme Court. He would win this case, with the the Court ruling that segregation in school was unconstitutional.

Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education (1971)

The Supreme Court ruled to allow students to attend interracial schools

Batson v. Kentucky (1986)

Marshall and the Supreme Court ruled that jurors could not be chosen based on race.

Thurgood's Writings

 

A New Era in Human Rights

Michigan Quarterly Review, 2021

 

Financing Public Interest Law Practice: The Role of the Organized Bar

American Bar Association Journal, 1975

 

Reflections on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution

Harvard Law Review, 1987

 

Thurgood

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