February is Black History month, and while there have been so many amazing leaders; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey and Frederick Douglass to name a few, I am going to focus on Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Appointed in 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, “Marshall expanded his role in righting the Constitution in the very hall that he had challenged it”.
In fact, he had been in front of the Supreme Court 32 times, and was victorious in 29 of those instances. One of his most notable cases was Brown v. Board of Education where, “the Court unanimously ruled that ‘separate but equal’ public schools for black and whites were unconstitutional”. Justice Marshall served until his retirement in 1991, and passed away two years later. He was replaced by another African-American, Clarence Thomas.