Thurgood Marshall

Questions for Reflection
  1. How did Thurgood Marshall's work as a civil rights lawyer contribute to the advancement of racial equality and justice in the United States?
  2. What were some of Thurgood Marshall's most significant legal victories and landmark cases, and how did they shape the trajectory of civil rights in America?
  3. How did Thurgood Marshall's appointment as the first African American Supreme Court Justice impact the judiciary and the broader struggle for civil rights?
  4. What were some of the major challenges and obstacles that Thurgood Marshall faced throughout his career, and how did he overcome them in his pursuit of equality and justice?
  5. What is Thurgood Marshall's enduring legacy, and how does his life and work continue to inspire and influence the fight for equal rights today?


On June 13, 1967, President Johnson nominated Marshall to the Supreme Court with this document:
President Johnson Meeting with Thurgood Marshall in the Oval Office on the day of nomination (June 13, 1967). 


Thurgood Marshall in the Oval Office (1967) - History By Mail

Thurgood Marshall in the Oval Office (1967)



Marshall (center), George Edward Chalmer Hayes, and James Nabrit share congratulations following the groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.


Marshall meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House Oval Office on the day he is nominated to serve on the Supreme Court.

Universal Newsreel captures Thurgood Marshall's first day on the Supreme Court in 1967.


Supreme Court of the United States, 1976: Thurgood Marshall (bottom row, first from the right) among esteemed justices.


The Marshall family in 1965: Thurgood Marshall, his wife Cissy, and their children John (bottom left) and Thurgood Jr. (bottom right).


Thurgood Marshall's gravestone at Arlington National Cemetery, a tribute to his legacy.

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