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Marshall, Thoroughgood

Born: 1908 AD
Died: 1993 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Lawyers

1908 – Born on July 2nd in Baltimore, Maryland. A lawyer, civil rights activist, and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, the first African American member of the Supreme Court.

1930 – He graduated with honours from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania).

1933 – After being rejected by the University of Maryland Law School because he was not white, Marshall attended Howard University Law School; he received his degree, ranking first in his class.

1936 – Marshall became a staff lawyer under Houston for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

1938 – He became the lead chair in the legal office of the NAACP, and two years later he was named chief of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

1954 – As an attorney, he successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which declared unconstitutional racial segregation in American public schools.

1967-1991 – He became an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

1993 – Died on January 24th in Bethesda.