As for justice, he was "Supreme."

Today, July 2, is the birthday of Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice from 1967 until his death in 1993. Marshall was a champion for justice even from his days as a young lawyer when he sued the University of Maryland for racial discrimination in not admitting a black student as he had not been admitted a few years earlier. He went on to become the legal director of the NAACP where he won the landmark case of Brown Vs. the Board of Education in 1954, legally ending segregation in public schools. Marshall went on to argue and win 14 of the 19 cases he argued before the Supreme Court.


This is a good opportunity to mention that Justice Marshall was mentored by Charles Hamilton Houston, an often overlooked champion litigator for civil rights. He's known by many as The Man Who Killed Jim Crow, and the cases he brought to trial laid the groundwork for Brown vs. Board of Education.