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The Legal Attack to Secure Civil Rights

Thurgood Marshall. “The Legal Attack to Secure Civil Rights,” July 13, 1942. Occasion: Speech given at the NAACP Wartime Conference,...

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The Many Masks of Thurgood Marshall

This is an opend piece that ran in the Post following the death of Thurgood Marshall in January 1993.   The Many Masks of Thurgood...

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The Private Thurgood Marshall

The Private Thurgood Marshall As the newly appointed Justice Marshall began his life at the Supreme Court in 1967, he got a pleasant...

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Thurgood Marshall’s Law

This is the January 1990 Washington Post Magazine cover story that Juan Williams wrote profiling the reclusive Marshall. The 81-year-old...

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The Sword and The Robe

With the victory of Ronald Reagan to the White House in 1980, the mood in the country and on the high Court turned increasingly...

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The Bicentennial Speech

This speech Thurgood Marshall gave in 1987 was part of the constitutional bicentennial celebration. Politicians and Judges around the...

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The Equality Speech

The following is a speech Marshall gave at the instillation of Wiley Branton to be dean of Howard Law School. Marshall and Branton had...

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Miscellaneous

Marshall held controversial views on several subjects. Here’s a sampling: Q: On the dissents that you do write, what do you think...

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Marshall on his fellow justices

Marshall’s 24 years on the high court allowed him to serve on the liberal Warren Courts as well as the increasingly conservative...

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Marshall on the Politics of Race and the Court

Marshall spoke at length about his attitudes — how he viewed the politics of race in America and what he saw his fellow justices...

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Marshall’s views on the Presidents

Marshall personally knew every president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton. Some he greatly admired, while others he held in contempt: On...

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Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary

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Thurgood Marshall College

Mission & Philosophy At Thurgood Marshall College we are dedicated to helping students from all majors become engaged citizens who are...

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Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in his office

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Thurgood Marshall LIFE

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Malcolm X

Some of the most vocal critics of Marshall were black militants, particularly the nation of Islam and its charismatic Harlem leader,...

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Marshall won several major Supreme Court cases outlawing segregation in housing, transportation, and in 1954 won Brown v Board of...

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J. Edgar Hoover

Beginning in the 1940s, Marshall battled with federal law enforcement officials for failing to protect the civil rights of black Americans...

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Early NAACP legal work

In 1936, Marshall moved to New York to work at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The civil rights...

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Thurgood Marshall’s early life

After graduating Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall went to all male Lincoln University in Oxford, PA. Among...

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