Here is a man we all learned about (or should have learned about) in school: Thurgood Marshall
- Born on July 2, 1908, in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Studied law at Howard University.
- As counsel to the NAACP, he utilized the judiciary to champion equality for African Americans.
- In 1954, he won the Brown v. Board of Education case, in which the Supreme Court ended racial segregation in public schools.
- Appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967, and served for 24 years.
- Died in Maryland on January 24, 1993.
- The teenaged Marshall was also something of a mischievous troublemaker. His greatest high school accomplishment, memorizing the entire United States Constitution, was actually a teacher’s punishment for misbehaving in class.
- Applied to the University of Maryland Law School. Despite being overqualified academically, Marshall was rejected because of his race. This firsthand experience with discrimination in education made a lasting impression on Marshall and helped determine the future course of his career.
Quote: “Now you want to know how I got involved in law? I don’t know. The nearest I can get is that my dad, my brother, and I had the most violent arguments you ever heard about anything. I guess we argued five out of seven nights at the dinner table.”