Forty years ago on August 30, 1967 the United States Senate approved the nomination of then Solicitor General of the United States, Thurgood Marshall, to become the first African American to serve on the United State Supreme Court, a position he held until his retirement in 1991. Marshall’s lifelong commitment to justice and equality continues to be an example for all Americans.
To learn more about Justice Marshall visit http://www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/researchguides/marshallbib.asp
Letter from Thurgood Marshall to Juanita Jackson Mitchell congratulating her on completing her studies at the University of Maryland School of Law. Digital copy courtesy of Professor Larry Gibson. African Americans in the Law Special Collection.