Thurgood marshall, right, and justice hugo l black converse after black swore marshall in as the nation’s first african american supreme court justice in a private ceremony on sept 1, 1967. Fifty years ago, thurgood marshall, the grandson of an enslaved man who had become one of the country’s most famous litigators, was about to be sworn in as the first african american justice on.
On this day in 1967, thurgood marshall becomes the first african american to be confirmed as a supreme court justice he would remain on the supreme court for 24 years before retiring for health reasons, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the us constitution. Thurgood marshall thurgood marshall (july 2, 1908 – january 24, 1993) was an associate justice of the united states supreme court, serving from october 1967 until october 1991 marshall was the court's 96th justice and its first african-american justice.
1908-1993 thurgood marshall devoted his life to the advancement of equal rights for all americans as a leading attorney for the naacp, member of the us court of appeals, solicitor general for the united states, and ultimately as an associate justice of the us supreme court, he held fast to his principles and won hugely significant victories.
Associate justice of the supreme court (1967-1991) thurgood marshall, the first african american ever to serve on the court, was the younger of two sons of a railroad porter who later worked on.
Thurgood marshall (1908-1993) was a us supreme court justice and civil rights advocate marshall earned an important place in american history on the basis of two accomplishments.