Taking Oath

2 October marks the date of the swearing in of Thurgood Marshall, America’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Prior to his 1967 appointment he had come to the attention of the public by arguing the case ‘Brown vs. the Board of Education’, before the high court, which would serve to desegregate public schools. He also served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy and then served as the Solicitor General after being appointed by President Lyndon Johnson. Marshall would retire in 1991 and posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993.

In 2011, actor Laurence Fishburne would portray Marshall in a one man show entitled THURGOOD, produced by HBO films, the trailer appears below….