On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first Black U.S. Supreme Court justice


Thurgood Marshall, first black Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, is photographed on his first day in court wearing judicial robes, Oct. 2, 1967. Helping him with buttons is his wife Cecilia Suyat. (AP Photo/Bob Schutz)
Reading Time: < 1 minute

On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall made history as he was sworn in as the first Black U.S. Supreme Court justice. Marshall’s appointment marked a significant milestone in the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equality in the United States.

His legal prowess, unwavering commitment to justice, and tireless advocacy for racial equality had already made him a towering figure in the civil rights movement.

As a Supreme Court justice, Marshall continued to champion the cause of justice and equality. Throughout his tenure on the bench, he left an indelible mark on American jurisprudence, upholding the principles of fairness and equal protection.

He retired from the bench in 1991, and passed away at the age of 84 in 1993.

Click play to listen to the AURN News report from Clay Cane. Follow @claycane & @aurnonline for more.

advanced divider
advanced divider