Saturday, August 28, 2010

This Week In History: 8/30/2010


Thurgood Marshall confirmed as Supreme Court justice

On August 30, 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American to be confirmed justice to the Supreme Court. Marshall was known as a lawyer for the “little man” and worked tirelessly with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), advocating for individual rights. In 1954 he won the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, establishing unconstitutional the principle of “separate but equal.” As Supreme Court justice, Marshall favored abortion rights, opposed the death penalty, and furthered his commitment towards equal treatment of individuals.
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