Black History Month Feature: Thurgood Marshall
February 19, 2020
Thurgood Marshall participated in a major case that helped end segregation: Brown v. Board of education. He grew up in Baltimore Maryland, one of the most dangerous cities in the nation.
Marshall graduated Frederick Douglass High School with a B average and even graduated a year earlier than he should have. He did not stop there: Marshall expanded his education at Howard University School–his second choice after being rejected from University of Maryland School of Law due to his skin color. He became a lawyer and won twenty-nine out of the thirty-two cases he argued before the Supreme Court.
He went on to serve as Supreme Court Justice – the first African American to do so – for twenty-four years. Thurgood Marshall stood tall in a world where he was not accepted based upon the color of his skin; he did not let judgement phase him from becoming successful.