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Supreme Court Justice – Thurgood Marshall
By Tammy Scarbrough
1 Thurgood Marshall was born on July 2, 1908. His mother was a teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, and his father, the first black man to sit on the grand jury in Baltimore, worked at a country club. This experience taught Thurgood justice, perseverance, and to never settle for second best. Marshall received a bachelor's degree from Lincoln University and his law degree from Howard University in 1933. The University of Maryland Law School had not allowed him to enroll because of his race.
2 Marshall became very active in civil rights. He served as an attorney for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Baltimore. Marshall was instrumental in successfully fighting discrimination in higher education. He received many death threats as a result of his stance on civil rights issues.
3 He fought many civil rights cases, winning most of them. He argued many important cases in the Supreme Court. In fact, it was one of these cases, Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, which made it illegal for public schools to be separated by race.
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