In honor of Black History Month I wanted to share some black history that inspries me everyday. Do you know Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall? Born in 1908, a year before the NAACP was founded, Marshall was
the grandson of a slave raised by free parents who insilled in him an appreciation of civil liberties and the rule of law. While attending college at Lincoln University in PA, Marshall accidentally became a civil rights activist when he participated in a sit-in at a local movie theatre to protest segregation. After graduating first in his law school class at Howard University Law School, Marshall went on to enjoy a career as a great Civil Rights Lawyer. Known as "Mr. Civil Rights", Marshall was a distinguished attorney and as brilliant a advocate for Civil Rights the country had ever seen. A federal district court judge, the first black U.S. Solicitor General (1965 - 1967), a change agent in a racially segregated America who was steadfast in his beliefs and convictions. Standing on the side of right and relentlessly fighting for the civil rights of black American, the brilliant legal mind and finely honed skills of Thurgood Marshall led him to receive the presidential nomination to the United States Supreme Court in 1967. Ultimately confirmed, Marshall was sworn into office as the first Black Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
When I feel challenged in my daily work I often reflect on the humble beginnings and marvelous career of Thurgood Marshall. That reminds me of why I do what I do. We in America live in an amazing democracy. That democracy must be protected at all times and challenged when appropriate to protect the inalienable rights of all Americans, including Black, Brown and female Americans. Constitutional rights of every American matter, and I am honored to have the opportuity to do my part to protect and challenge.
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