It seemed as though Thurgood just couldn’t stay out of trouble! Almost everyday at school he would get into some kind of mischief and be sent off to the principal’s office. There he had to memorize a section of the Constitution of the United States of America before he could rejoin his class. Soon he knew the whole Constitution by heart.
Thurgood’s parents planned for him to be a dentist. But they also encouraged to think through matters of right and wrong, justice and injustice. So it really came as a surprise to none of them when Thurgood announced that he wanted to be a lawyer.
The entire Marshall family worked to put Thurgood through law school – his parents, brother, wife, and he himself. The investments proved to be worth the return. Shortly after graduation, Thurgood began to work for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In the course of his long career he argued twenty-nine cases before the Supreme Court – that was before he served as a judge on the US Court of Appeals and then as the Solicitor General of the United States. Finally, in 1967, Thurgood was appointed as a Supreme Court Justice. He remained in this position for thirty-four years during which time he fought for the equality of all races.
Conclusion. A fine introduction to an important man in American legal history.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret