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Thurgood Marshall is appointed Supreme Court Justice

By @ 06/13/99 in June

June 13, 1967

Civil Rights activist Thurgood Marshall was born in Baltimore and graduated from the Howard University Law School in Washington, DC. The young African American then joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he eventually became the organization’s chief legal council. Marshall took on scores of civil rights cases on behalf of disenfranchised African American, chief of which was his victory in Brown v. Board of Education. In the landmark 1957 case, Marshall convinced the US Supreme Court to outlaw racial segregation in public schools. In 1962, by President John F. Kennedy’s appointment, he joined the US Court of Appeals, and five years later, President Lyndon Johnson made him the first black candidate for the Supreme Court. As a Supreme Court Justice, Marshall was a champion of civil liberties.

What qualities must a judge possess? Why should his or her race, religion, or sex be irrelevant?