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Thurgood Marshall

Mackens Mitil, Staff Writer

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Thurgood Marshall was born on July 2, 1908, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Marshall enrolled at Howard University and graduated in 1934 with his law degree. After graduating, Marshall began to work under the NAACP. After a few months, he worked with Charles Houston.

Since he worked under the law, Marshall won his first major civil rights case, Murray v. Pearson, and other cases he directed before being passed on to the Supreme Court. One of his cases, such as Brown v. Board, resulted in the Supreme Court ending racial segregation in public schools.

Because of his accomplishments, in 1961, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Marshall the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Then, in 1965, President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall as United States Solicitor General. Finally, he was then nominated as Associate Justice in 1967.

 

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