(1908 - 1993)
A civil rights attorney, judicial activist, and civil rights revolutionary, and the first man of color to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Thurgood Marshall was, above all, an extraordinary activist for racial equality and justice in America. Known as a judicial activist, his career was guided by the following philosophy: "You do what you think is right and let the law catch up."
Marshall was the first man of color American to sit on the Supreme Court, and was instrumental in dismantling segregationist laws in the United States. His position in law shattered political and social barriers for people of color, giving them a more representative voice in the justice system and re-envisioning their place in the social world. He made huge contributions to civil rights and criminal procedure jurisprudence. After representing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or NAACP in an early discrimination case, he continued to serve in the organization for 25 years.
"The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena."Theodore Roosevelt