Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Forty-eight years ago today, June 13, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall* as the first African-American to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
Justice Marshall had been appointed to the US Court of Appeals in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy and was confirmed in 1962.
President Johnson said...
"I believe it is the right thing to do and the right place."
Joe Worley of Tulsa World writes...
"Thurgood Marshall...was responsible for opening the doors at Oklahoma public universities and colleges to African-Americans."
Before his appointment to the high court at the age of 58, Marshall served as Solicitor General at the Department of Justice.
*Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) served as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court from 1967 to 1991. TM was born in Baltimore, MD.,the son of a father who had been a slave. His grandfather was born in the Congo.
TM graduated from Lincoln University with honors and received his law degree at Howard University.
TM became chief counsel for the NAACP and represented the Brown family in Brown v. Board (1954). He died at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, MD. at the age of 84 & is buried at Arlington.
"Way back when: This day in history in 1967 - Thurgood Marshall appointed to Supreme Court," by Joe Worley, June 13, 2015, Tulsa World, www.tulsaworld.com/