Left to right: George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James M. Nabrit, following the Supreme Court decision declaring segregation unconstitutional.
In 1954 Thurgood Marshall gained national acclaim when he won the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. Subsequently, he became the first African American to become a Supreme Court Justice. Marshall was born in Baltimore and began his legal career as a young civil rights attorney in the City. Read more about Thurgood Marshall from Thurgood Marshall College.
A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Yale University offers a more expansive definition of a primary source.
The Central Enoch Pratt Free Library/ Maryland State Library Resource Center has a large collection of primary source materials available. The African American Department (AFAM) houses a vertical file, which contains articles from local newspapers, book excerpts, brochures, letters, obituaries, pamphlets, playbills, and political campaign leaflets. The Ephemera Collection in the African-American Department includes flyers, booklets, church histories, newsletters, posters, programs, pamphlets, and other related items. The department also has a Photograph Collection and the Microfilm Collection.
Goldman, Roger. Thurgood
Marshall: Justice for All. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1992. KB43.M38G65 1992
Recollections of Marshall by former law clerks and people who worked closely with him during his N.A.A.C.P. and Supreme Court years. Also included is an analysis of Marshall's jurisprudence during his time as a Supreme Court Justice and a selection of his Supreme Court opinions and dissents.
Tushnet, Mark V. Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinions, and Reminiscences.
Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2001 KB43.M38A25 2001
A collection of Marshall's briefs and oral arguments, writings as a lawyer and judge, judicial opinions, and reminiscences. The Brown v. Board of Education brief is included in this collection.
Banisky, Sandy. "Thurgood
Marshall, the Model, Recalls a Baltimore Boyhood." Baltimore Sun,
October 24, 1977, p. B1.
Marshall comments on memories of growing up in Baltimore.
"Salute to Justice Marshall: A Flawed Constitution" Baltimore Afro-American, May 23, 1987, p. 5.
Excerpt from remarks Marshall delivered at the annual seminar of the San Francisco Patent and Trademark Law Association in Maui, Hawaii on May 6, 1987.
Allen, Oliver. "Chief Counsel
for Equality." Life, June 13, 1955, p. 41.
An exposé on Marshall's life and the Brown v. Board of Education case.
Hengstler, Gary A. "Marshalling
His Views: Justice's Controversial Comments Break 20-Year Silence." ABA
Journal, March 1, 1988, p. 36.
Marshall comments on assorted topics, including women's rights and privacy issues.
Marshall, Thurgood. "The
Constitution." Essence, September 9, 1987, p.166.
Excerpt from speech delivered in Hawaii.
Marshall, Marshall. "Justice
Thurgood Marshall's Opinion on the Bakke Case." Crisis, February
A detailed analysis of the Bakke case from Marshall's perspective.
"The Tension of Change." Time,
September 19, 1955, pp. 23-27.
Information about Marshall's family history and career up to the point he successfully argued the Brown v. Board of Education case.
Black and white photo of Thurgood Marshall posing with bust created by Rueben Kramer. AFAM - Uncataloged.
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