Thursday, August 30, 2007

TDIH: Justice Marshall

On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the United States Supreme Court. The first African-American justice had previously served as the chief counsel for the NAACP and had successfully argued Brown v the Board of Education in front of the Warren Court.

Justice Marshall served for nearly a half century.

Known for his forceful stance on equal rights, Marshall once commented: "Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy." *

Not often can I marvel at particular TDIH events as I have this one. Not often can I say this particular event marked an incredibly progressive moment in the history of America.

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* From a speech at the national convention of Alpha Phi Alpha, St. Louis, Missouri, August 15, 1966, prior to his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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