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Today in Black History: Thurgood Marshall Appointed to Supreme Court

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On June 13, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American United States Supreme Court Justice. Marshall graduated from Lincoln University and then Howard University's Law School. He served as the director of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 1954, he argued the historic case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. He also served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as the Solicitor General of the United States. Marshall was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice on August 30, 1967.—MS