In August 30th, 1967, exactly 50 years ago today, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
Before becoming a judge, Marshall had been a very successful lawyer reputable for wining notable cases especially the Brown vs Board of Education case of 1954 of which ruling declared segregated public schools in the US unconstitutional.
Marshall served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy. He was subsequently appointed as the Solicitor General by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.
He made history in 1967 when President Johnson nominated him to the United States Supreme Court and was approved by the Senate thus becoming the first person of color to hold that position in the United States.
Justice Thurgood Marshall served in the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring on health grounds. He left behind a towering legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.