Thurgood Marshall: A better angel

Snow, Charlotte
June 1992
Human Rights;Summer92, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p26
This article profiles retired Afro-American Justice Thurgood Marshall. Since his college days, Marshall has been committed to bringing liberty and justice to all. His retirement, at the age of 82, has left a vacuum in the legal community and in the nation as a whole. For no other civil rights activist has furrowed the brow of justice as Marshall. Bringing about the legal demise of school desegregation was not just about Marshall settling a personal score. For his vision and persistent efforts, Marshall has credited Charles Hamilton Houston at Washington, D. C. with being the father of the modern civil rights movement. In his 24 years as a Supreme Court Justice, Marshall saw the pendulum swing. When he joined the Warren Court in 1967, Marshall found a niche within the activist majority and upheld free speech and privacy rights in several key decisions. Marshall spent his later years on the Court working through the power of dissent to rid the Constitution of its defects and to support criminal, privacy and abortion rights. When he stepped down from the High Court in June of 1991, Marshall did not take all of his passion, conscience, reason and humor with him, for his body of legal work and his inspirational example that he leaves behind will continue through clarity of thought and purpose. INSETS: IR&R award to honor Thurgood Marshall.;How to serve the poor better, by Symposium..


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