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George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James Nabrit, Congratulating Each Other, Following Supreme Court Decision Declaring Segregation Unconstitutional.
Thurgood Marshall (center) with George E.C. Hayes and James Nabri congratulate each other for winning an important case against segregation in 1954

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Thurgood Marshall Became the First African-American Supreme Court Justice
October 2, 1967

Have you ever been treated unfairly because of your age, the color of your skin, or where you live? Thurgood Marshall worked all of his life to make sure all people were treated fairly, especially under the law.

Thurgood Marshall had a noteworthy first name, but it fit him well because he was a noteworthy person. On October 2, 1967, he became the first African-American Supreme Court justice. Of course, Marshall had accomplished plenty of other things before then.

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