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Supreme Court justice and civil rights advocate

Portrait of Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall in 1936

Thurgood Marshall poses for a portrait. In 1954 Thurgood Marshall successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court the case of Brown vs. the Topeka Board of Education in which racial segregation in American public schools was declared unconstitutional. In 1967 he was nominated to the United States Supreme Court and served on the Court until his retirement in 1991.