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Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer and civil rights activist who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's first African-American justice. Prior to his judicial service, he successfully argued several cases before the Supreme Court, including Brown v. Board of Education.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Marshall graduated from the Howard University School of Law in 1933. He established a private legal practice in Baltimore before founding the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he served as executive director. In that position, he argued several cases before the Supreme Court, including Smith v. Allwright, Shelley v. Kraemer, and Brown v. Board of Education, the latter of which held that racial segregation in public education is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Four years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Marshall as the United States Solicitor General. In 1967, Johnson successfully nominated Marshall to succeed retiring Associate Justice Tom C. Clark as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Marshall retired during the administration of President George H. W. Bush, and was succeeded by Clarence Thomas.

Quote: The First Amendment serves not only the needs of the polity but also those of the human spirit- a spirit that demands self-expression. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

The First Amendment serves not only the needs of the polity but also those of the human spirit- a spirit that demands self-expression.


Quote: None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody bent down and helped us pick up our boots. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody bent down and helped us pick up our boots.


Quote: I'm the world's original gradualist. I just think ninety-odd years is gradual enough. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

I'm the world's original gradualist. I just think ninety-odd years is gradual enough.


Quote: My father had a flat rule. He believed that every man's house was his castle. He had a flat rule: no man could come in his house without his permission. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

My father had a flat rule. He believed that every man's house was his castle. He had a flat rule: no man could come in his house without his permission.


Quote: The process of democracy is one of change. Our laws are not frozen into immutable form, they are constantly in the process of revision in response to the needs of a changing society. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

The process of democracy is one of change. Our laws are not frozen into immutable form, they are constantly in the process of revision in response to the needs of a changing society.


Quote: As soon as I reach any town, I talk to the shoe-shine boys or the barbers or the people in the restaurants, because it's Mr. Joe Doakes who is very close to reality. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

As soon as I reach any town, I talk to the shoe-shine boys or the barbers or the people in the restaurants, because it's Mr. Joe Doakes who is very close to reality.




Quote: Deciding not to decide is, of course, among the most important things done by the Supreme Court. It takes a lot of doing, but it can be done. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Deciding not to decide is, of course, among the most important things done by the Supreme Court. It takes a lot of doing, but it can be done.


Quote: Classifications and distinctions based on race or color have no moral or legal validity in our society. They are contrary to our constitution and laws. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Classifications and distinctions based on race or color have no moral or legal validity in our society. They are contrary to our constitution and laws.


Quote: It is now well established that the Constitution protects the right to receive information and ideas. ... This right to receive information and ideas, regardless of their social worth, ... is fundamental to our free society. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

It is now well established that the Constitution protects the right to receive information and ideas. ... This right to receive information and ideas, regardless of their social worth, ... is fundamental to our free society.


Quote: This is a great country, but fortunately for you, it is not perfect. There is much to be done to bring about complete equality. Remove hunger. Bring reality closer to theory and democratic principles. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

This is a great country, but fortunately for you, it is not perfect. There is much to be done to bring about complete equality. Remove hunger. Bring reality closer to theory and democratic principles.


Quote: Customary greeting to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, What's shaking, chiefy baby? by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Customary greeting to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, What's shaking, chiefy baby?


Quote: The Ku Klux Klan never dies. They just stop wearing sheets because sheets cost too much. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

The Ku Klux Klan never dies. They just stop wearing sheets because sheets cost too much.


Quote: It is a historic step toward eliminating the shameful practice of racial discrimination in the selection of juries. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

It is a historic step toward eliminating the shameful practice of racial discrimination in the selection of juries.


Quote: We must dissent from the fear. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

We must dissent from the fear.


Quote: To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of Thurgood Marshall quote: To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.- black text on quotes background

To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.


Quote: History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.


Quote: We can always stick together when we are losing, but tend to find means of breaking up when we're winning. In Grace under Pressure, by Hastie, 1984. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

We can always stick together when we are losing, but tend to find means of breaking up when we're winning. In Grace under Pressure, by Hastie, 1984.


Quote: The ban directly hampers the partys ability to spread its message and hamstrings voters seeking to inform themselves about the candidates and issues. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

The ban directly hampers the partys ability to spread its message and hamstrings voters seeking to inform themselves about the candidates and issues.


Quote: It is important that the strongest pressures against the continuation of segregation, North or South, be continually and constantly manifested. Probably, as much as anything else, this is the key in the elimination of discrimination in the United States. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

It is important that the strongest pressures against the continuation of segregation, North or South, be continually and constantly manifested. Probably, as much as anything else, this is the key in the elimination of discrimination in the United States.


Quote: Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.


Quote: Some years ago I said in an opinion that if this country is a melting pot, then either the Afro-Americans didn't get in the pot or he didn't get melted down. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Some years ago I said in an opinion that if this country is a melting pot, then either the Afro-Americans didn't get in the pot or he didn't get melted down.


Quote: We could get more action in the South because the Negroes had a feeling that they were being oppressed. But you take New York, for example: they'd give Negroes little five-cent jobs here and there -- and they thought they had something. And the same in Chicago and any of the metropolitan areas. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of Thurgood Marshall quote: We could get more action in the South because the Negroes had a feeling that they were being oppressed. But you take New York, for example: they'd give Negroes little five-cent jobs here and there -- and they thought they had something. And the same in Chicago and any of the metropolitan areas.- black text on quotes background

We could get more action in the South because the Negroes had a feeling that they were being oppressed. But you take New York, for example: they'd give Negroes little five-cent jobs here and there -- and they thought they had something. And the same in Chicago and any of the metropolitan areas.


Quote: To protest against injustice is the foundation of all our American democracy. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

To protest against injustice is the foundation of all our American democracy.


Quote: The First Amendment serves not only the needs of the polity but also those of the human spirit -- a spirit that demands self-expression . by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

The First Amendment serves not only the needs of the polity but also those of the human spirit -- a spirit that demands self-expression .


Quote: It was taken for granted that we had to make something of ourselves. Not much was said about it; it was just in the atmosphere of the home. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

It was taken for granted that we had to make something of ourselves. Not much was said about it; it was just in the atmosphere of the home.




Quote: The death penalty is no more effective a deterrent than life imprisonment... It is also evident that the burden of capital punishment falls upon the poor, the ignorant and the underprivileged members of society. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

The death penalty is no more effective a deterrent than life imprisonment... It is also evident that the burden of capital punishment falls upon the poor, the ignorant and the underprivileged members of society.


Quote: Each of you, as an individual, must pick your own goals. Listen to others, but do not become a blind follower. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Each of you, as an individual, must pick your own goals. Listen to others, but do not become a blind follower.


Quote: I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of Thurgood Marshall quote: I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.- black text on quotes background

I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.




Quote: The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in time of crisis. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in time of crisis.


Quote: The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.


Quote: When you hear a lot of stories about Africa, and you get to a place like Kenya and other countries like that, where they think the same way we do, I was happy to find that the Schedule of Rights that I drew for the Kenyan Government was working very well. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

When you hear a lot of stories about Africa, and you get to a place like Kenya and other countries like that, where they think the same way we do, I was happy to find that the Schedule of Rights that I drew for the Kenyan Government was working very well.


Quote: I never worked hard until I got to the Howard Law School and met Charlie Houston... I saw this man's dedication, his vision, his willingness to sacrifice, and I told myself, 'You either shape up or ship out.' When you are being challenged by a great human being, you know that you can't ship out. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of Thurgood Marshall quote: I never worked hard until I got to the Howard Law School and met Charlie Houston... I saw this man's dedication, his vision, his willingness to sacrifice, and I told myself, 'You either shape up or ship out.' When you are being challenged by a great human being, you know that you can't ship out.- black text on quotes background

I never worked hard until I got to the Howard Law School and met Charlie Houston... I saw this man's dedication, his vision, his willingness to sacrifice, and I told myself, 'You either shape up or ship out.' When you are being challenged by a great human being, you know that you can't ship out.


Quote: Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.




Quote: None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.


Quote: A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi... has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi... has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.


Quote: Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.


Quote: If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.


Quote: Sometimes history takes things into its own hands. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.


Quote: What is the quality of your intent? by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

What is the quality of your intent?


Quote: Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.


Quote: Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman.


Quote: Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.


Quote: Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish.


Quote: I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband.


Quote: In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.


Quote: None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody -- a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns -- bent down and helped us pick up our boots. by author Thurgood Marshall overlaid on photo of photo of author Thurgood Marshall with quote

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody -- a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns -- bent down and helped us pick up our boots.


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